Human remains found in missing person's SUV

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Updated: 10/31/2011 10:17 am Published: 10/28/2011 9:24 am

Police have found skeletal remains in an SUV that may belong to a woman who has been missing for more than five years.

The discovery of the maroon Ford Expedition was in the same pond where a dog discovered a human foot in a shoe on Tuesday.

The city has been draining the pond near 5th and Mingo since the foot was found.

Police have not identified the remains but believe the SUV belongs to Sheila Scott, 46, also known as Sheila Sharp.

The SUV was found near the center of the pond about 12 feet deep, hours later a TPD diver discovered human remains.

However, this case is far from being solved.

Sheila Scott was last seen talking on the phone at QuikTrip at Admiral and Harvard on Valentines Day, 2006.

Police say she was arguing with her married boyfriend.

"She went out and she said she would be right back," says Tatiana Scott.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford interviewed Sheila’s daughter in September 2010 about the search for her mother.

"She was not shy at all. She would talk to anyone," said Tatiana.

If only the waters could talk and tell police what happened.

"Don't know for sure if this is the victim from the missing person case that we have open,” said Tulsa Police Officer Jason Willingham.

However, police believe the Ford Expedition is Sheila’s vehicle that surfaced in the same pond where a brown Saucony running shoe was found this week and now skeletal remains.

"Different bones in different parts of the vehicle,” said Willingham.

It could take weeks to identify the bones.

"It's going to take some DNA testing from the Medical Examiner’s Office and our forensic laboratory to determine that,” said Willingham.

If the remains are Sheila’s, her daughter and sister can help in the search.

Tatiana talked about the need for submitting DNA to police In hopes of finding and identifying missing people.

"It is a better sense of hope that a match will go through and connect something to us. Before it would be, ‘how would they know?’" said Tatiana.

Sheila’s daughter never gave up hope.

"I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was crystal clear. I'll never forget that night,"

Now police hope to solve her mother’s case.

"Once we determine who it is then try to find out if this was an accident, if this is a homicide, these are all questions that we have,” said Willingham.

Police also found a stolen Honda Civic in the pond but believe it is unrelated to the case.

The city will continue to drain the pond for any clues.

Officers say they found knives and guns in other parts of the pond but do not believe the weapons are connected to Sheila’s case.

However, they have recovered other evidence that they cannot release.

An anthropologist will investigate who the foot and human remains belong to in this case.

If you have any information you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS or the TPD Homicide Tip line at (918) 798-8977.

Original Headline: SUV connected to 2006 missing persons case, skeletal remains found in SUV

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kvicars19 - 10/29/2011 4:12 PM
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Ok here is my question, from the looks of the suv there is some damage to the rear gate, before they rule out the other green car that was found in the pond is there any front end damage to it showing that maybe the suv was rear ended and pushed into that pond??

watchdog11 - 10/29/2011 1:07 PM
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Sad....I remember when she went missing, the city should have some way to monitor what goes on around these ponds, this crap shouldn't happen. I agree her married boyfriend is at the top of my list, but maybe his wife too, you never know these days. I wish the best for the family.

redraven - 10/29/2011 8:59 AM
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I wonder what they would find if they drained the two ponds just south of there. I think the city should at the very least invest in some type of sonar scanning equipment and periodicaly scan public ponds around Tulsa. Draining the ponds are expensive, solving crimes...priceless.

Friend2All - 10/29/2011 1:28 AM
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@ Carlyalawson, sorry to know this is your friends Auntie, please give her my condolences!

Friend2All - 10/29/2011 1:25 AM
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FIVE YEARS MISSING???? and they find in the pond, two vehicles, skeletons, a shoe with a foot in it....I'm thinkin maybe they should drag this pond at least once a year? This is unbelieveable!!!!

carlyalawson - 10/28/2011 4:15 PM
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This is my friend's aunt. Lets all be more respectful of this family as the go through this grieving and closure process.

Shon5811 - 10/28/2011 2:24 PM
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You see that the windows were down when the vehicle went into the pond. In February. Were they down so the vehicle would sink? To drown her? If she was shot, her skeleton may show that. Obviously the married boyfriend is at the top of my list of suspects, but it's not to say she didn't commit suicide - it was Valentine's Day and he was married.....

goodwinboi - 10/28/2011 1:35 PM
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wow! Another crime scene! Had they not found that shoe and drained the pond who knows how long that body would have been in that car!!!! Unbelievable!

AeroStudent - 10/28/2011 11:45 AM
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So that's where I parked my car! No wonder I couldn't find it when I left the mall!

Subwarrior08 - 10/28/2011 10:01 AM
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OK..this pond is getting more bizzare than it should be. A shoe with a foot and now 2 cars. How about finding boat now?
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