A Fort Lauderdale woman who vanished last week is considered endangered. And police are now examining her vehicle — which was found Tuesday in Miami-Dade — for clues in her disappearance.
Trukita Jaquita Scott, 24, was reported missing last week after she failed to pick up her children on June 25 from day care, her mother said.
Last Wednesday was when Scott was last seen, relatives said. She went to work at a U-Haul business where she's worked for five years, before helping her mother run errands.
Kengeral Allen-Scott said her daughter dropped her off at her Miami home about 4 p.m. before heading to Fort Lauderdale.
Scott had planned to take a nap at home before going to the day care, so Allen-Scott called to wake her up. She became worried after phoning about 20 times and learning that she had not shown up to get her 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.
"She would never leave the kids," Allen-Scott said.
Because of the length of time Scott has been missing, investigators consider her endangered, Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said on Tuesday.
The children stayed with Allen-Scott overnight Monday. The boy called for his mother Tuesday morning, Allen-Scott said. His older sister reminded him: "That's not momma, that's grandma."
Scott's champagne-colored 2007 Nissan Altima was found at Northwest 40th Street and 10th Avenue in Miami, authorities said.
It was found by Miami police abandoned in an open field, Greenlaw said. Investigators are scanning it for evidence, but are not releasing details regarding its condition or contents, she said.
Scott-Allen said her daughter's disappearance is out of character.
Police have not named any suspects or persons of interest in the case.
Detectives have spoken with several of Scott's acquaintances and relatives, police said. They are also trying to find Scott's former boyfriend, Carl Watts, to speak with him, Greenlaw said.
"He is the father of her young child," Greenlaw said. "We believe he is going to be increasingly concerned about the well-being of his child and encourage him to contact us to provide us any information."
Scott-Allen said her daughter was in a good phase of her life and had settled into a new home with her fiance.
"She's been so happy these last few months," she said. "It's like a new beginning for her. I haven't seen her like this in a long time."
Scott is a black woman who is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing her work uniform, a khaki U-haul shirt, black pants and black Reebok sneakers, her mother said.
Authorities ask anyone with information about Scott's location to call the Fort Lauderdale Police Department at 954-828-5700, Detective Brice Brittenum at 954-828-5898 or contact Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.
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