May 20, 2018
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Investigation into slaying of Portland woman continues

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Despite a suspect in the case scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday, Portland police said Thursday they’re not yet finished investigating the death of Margarita Fisenko Scott. The 29-year-old Westbrook woman’s body was found in a vehicle at a Portland Motel 6 in January.

Anthony Pratt, 19, of Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y., is due to make his first court appearance on a Class A murder charge Friday morning. Pratt was transported from New York, where he was taken into custody on April 2, to Portland early Wednesday, Portland police Lt. Scott Pelletier said Thursday.

During a news conference earlier this month, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck acknowledged the possibility that additional arrests could be made in the case.

Pelletier said Thursday the investigation is still ongoing.

“I wouldn’t say there are ‘people of interest,’ [but] there are people that we want to talk to and that we are talking to,” Pelletier said.

Sauschuck has said Pratt was dating Scott at the time of her death and said the crime had “domestic violence overtones” and alleged ties to “drug activity.”

Greater details of Scott’s final weeks and the events that police believe led to her death have not been made public. She was estranged from her husband and family members told police they hadn’t had contact with her for as long as two months before she was found dead.

The body of Scott 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 her body was dumped at the motel site.

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. Sauschuck said her husband, Cary Scott, was “incredibly helpful” to investigators, had reached out to police for help finding her when she was missing, and was not considered a serious suspect in her death.

It was Cary Scott who reportedly discovered the body at the motel parking lot after a friend told the husband he saw the vehicle there, police have said.

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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