Wayne Lotz Charged With Murder of Michele Scott – What We Know!

Michele Scott (L) and Wayne Lotz (R)

A Colorado man was arrested and charged in reference to the disappearance and dying of his ex-girlfriend who just lately went lacking. He was allegedly discovered driving the sufferer’s automotive on Monday, Valentine’s Day.

Wayne Lotz, 58, now stands accused of quite a few prices together with homicide within the first diploma, tampering with proof, tampering with a deceased human physique, aggravated motorcar theft, and prison possession of a monetary system, in keeping with a Wednesday press launch from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace (JCSO).

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, proper round 2:00 p.m., the physique of 55-year-old Michele Scott was found close to the intersection of Nice Park Highway and Excessive Grade Highway in Nice Park Hall, part of Jefferson County close to equally unincorporated Conifer, Colo.

The way in which the lady died has but to be launched.

Investigators say that they had already decided Lotz to be an individual of curiosity within the homicide earlier than the sufferer’s physique was discovered.

In accordance with the JCSO, deputies have been first known as to carry out a welfare examine the Sunday, Feb. 13 night prior. The request was made by neighbors who have been nervous since that they had not seen Scott “in a few days.”

“Deputies discovered the house locked and darkish with nobody residence,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.

The subsequent day was Valentine’s Day. Those self same neighbors contacted Scott’s household, who allowed them to enter the still-darkened residence.

“As soon as inside, neighbors discovered the canine had not been cared for, which brought on them concern,” the JCSO mentioned. “Deputies arrived again on the home about 8 a.m. and upon coming into, discovered regarding proof suggesting foul play. The JCSO instantly deployed quite a few sources to additional search the property and start a search.”

That search, regulation enforcement claims, rapidly turned up “proof on her property” that led investigators to consider Lotz, recognized by authorities as Scott’s “ex-boyfriend,” because the prime suspect. The sheriff’s workplace described a few of this proof as “a historical past of home violence calls at that residence involving Michele and Lotz.”

In accordance with the JCSO, the latest home violence name occurred lower than per week earlier than regulation enforcement was made conscious of Scott’s disappearance, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. However, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned “[n]o arrests have been warranted at the moment.”

The day after a Feb. 13 welfare examine at Scott’s residence, authorities “surveilled” Lotz “and located [him] to be driving Michele’s automobile.” The defendant was additionally allegedly possession of his ex-girlfriend’s debit card. He was arrested, charged with the comparatively minor theft and fraud crimes and booked into the Jefferson County Jail simply earlier than 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Later that very same day, Scott’s physique was recovered.

Authorities, nonetheless, didn’t elaborate on this side of the investigation and solely talked about that “[f]orensic know-how” led them to the placement the place the sufferer was discovered useless.

Regulation enforcement is now asking for assist from the general public.

“Residents and companies within the space are inspired to have a look at their safety digital camera footage from the previous week for Michele’s purple Toyota Highlander,” the JCSO mentioned. “When you have any data on this case, please name our tip line at 303-271-5612. You may stay nameless.”

[images via Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office]

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