June 22, 2018
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New York man, 19, charged with murder in connection with woman’s body found at Portland motel

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A New York man has been arrested and charged with murdering Margarita Fisenko Scott, a Westbrook woman whose body was discovered abandoned at a Portland Motel 6 nearly three months ago.

Anthony Pratt, 19, of Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y., was taken into custody Tuesday in Queens after being questioned by Portland police detectives, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck told reporters late Wednesday morning.

The chief declined to offer details about what events transpired to lead to the slaying, but said Pratt and Scott were dating at the time of the killing and said police have ascribed “domestic violence overtones” and “drug activity” to the incident. He also said more arrests may be coming in the case.

“There is that possibility [that additional arrests will be made],” Sauschuck said during a news conference at the police station. “From our conversations with Mr. Pratt, there is some more information we want to follow up on.”

The body of Scott, 29, was discovered on Jan. 17 in an SUV parked at the motel. Police believe she was killed by a single gunshot wound in a first-floor apartment at 266 West Concord St. sometime during November 2012, and the body was dumped at the motel site.

Scott was estranged from her husband, Cary Scott, at the time of the slaying, Sauschuck said. The chief described Cary Scott as “a loving family member” who was “incredibly helpful” during the investigation.

Sauschuck said the firearm used in the killing was stolen in a central Maine burglary, then sold on the black market in Portland, but he declined to provide additional details on the gun history, including whether police believe Pratt purchased the firearm directly.

Scott’s body was found in the back seat of a red 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer registered to her husband.

Police have said Margarita Fisenko Scott’s family had not had contact with her since well before Christmas, and that Cary Scott had reached out to police for help finding her. It was Cary Scott who reportedly then discovered the body at the motel parking lot after a friend told the husband he saw the vehicle there.

An anonymous tip then led investigators to the West Concord Street apartment, where Sauschuck said Fisenko Scott had been staying “off and on” since leaving her husband.

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