PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Relatives of a Westbrook woman who's death has been ruled a homicide, are shedding some new light on her disappearance and the discovery of her body.
29-year old Rita Fisenko Scott had a large extended family in the Westbrook area that came to this country from Kazakhstan. Her body was found last Thursday inside her Chevy Trailblazer parked in the lot of the Motel 6 near Riverside Street in Portland. Her cousins say a friend noticed the SUV in the lot and called Rita's husband Carey Scott, who went to retrieve the vehicle.
"Got inside and actually started the car, got outside, didn't even realize there was a body in the car. Started cleaning the car because it was snowed in only to find out and see through the window there was a body in the car", said Alla Sherstyukov, a cousin of the victim.
Cousins say they last heard from Rita back in Late November. They say at the time she was having marital problems and was talking about moving out of the home she shared with her husband. Because of that they say they didn't think it was unusual that they hadn't heard from her in awhile. Then, the holidays passed with no word.
"It's marriage problems, there was nothing then suspicious, nothing. It was a personal matter for them. When we realized she didn't show up for Christmas, she didn't call or call for New Years, then last Tuesday was my grandmother's 85th birthday so it was a big deal", said Sherstyukov.
In a telephone interview Carey Scott says he was questioned for several hours by Portland Police. He says he has as many questions about his wife's death as the relatives do. Family members are hoping to get some answers when they meet with detectives investigating the case on Tuesday.
A memorial service for Rita Fisenko Scott will be held this Friday at 5pm at the first Russian Baptist Church in Gorham.