Stephanie Scott: Park Service requests public help in murder investigation

US National Park Service Image caption Major Patricia Havens-Martin is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson and other offenses in the Blue Ridge Parkway murder case The National Park Service…

Stephanie Scott: Park Service requests public help in murder investigation

US National Park Service

Image caption Major Patricia Havens-Martin is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson and other offenses in the Blue Ridge Parkway murder case

The National Park Service (NPS) is now asking the public for help in the murder case of Stephanie Scott.

Mrs Scott was murdered in June 2014 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

NPS investigators have gathered all evidence related to the case and are waiting for the final clearance on an extensive review of the investigation.

The park service is seeking assistance from the public to assist in reviewing the investigative file and any new evidence that may come to light.

US Park Service Special Agent Julia Jones explained: “We will continue to carefully assess this crime and whether there is any new information to review in the hope of identifying the person responsible for Mrs Scott’s death. We continue to work to bring her murderer to justice.

“Once we receive the final review we can tell the public more.”

Image copyright NPS Image caption Stephanie Scott was killed on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Nearly $2m (£1.55m) has been spent investigating the case.

Mrs Scott’s husband, Keith, has accepted a plea deal for conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit murder. He will be eligible for parole in July 2020.

Image copyright NPS Image caption Stephanie Scott’s husband Keith was given a plea deal for conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit murder

Previously, Stephanie Scott’s relatives have said they believe Keith Scott helped his wife’s killer.

“She will be as living without Stephanie as if she were murdered,” said her sister Michelle Weisenberger.

Mrs Scott’s family said they want to be certain the “murdering suspect is behind bars where he belongs”.

Stephanie Scott, 30, was a professional lacrosse player and mother of four when she was killed.

In the middle of the night, she was found in the car by a park ranger. She had been shot in the neck with a .38-calibre revolver.

Her husband Keith had stopped his car on the Blue Ridge Parkway to go to the store. He was being pursued by park rangers at the time of his wife’s death.

Image copyright NPS Image caption Keith Scott initially denied knowing his wife’s killer. He later accepted a plea deal to avoid murder charges in return for testifying against his wife’s killer

Mr Scott initially said he wasn’t involved in his wife’s death and claimed his wife was a good person. However, he later changed his statement and admitted in court that he helped his wife’s killer.

“I would get the gun from him and I would get a few miles behind him and then we’d stop and have some coffee,” Mr Scott said.

He then described how he hid the murder weapon in the home they shared.

As part of his plea deal, Mr Scott faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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