‘Couldn’t live with the guilt anymore’: Florida man confesses to killing woman, dumping body in 2011

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Police said Benjamin Moulton walked into the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center and told deputies that he was responsible for the woman’s death. (Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The family of Nicole Rose Scott can finally have some closure.

Deputies in Manatee County, Florida, announced Thursday morning that the man responsible for her 2011 death has confessed to her homicide.

On Dec. 11, 2011, a man found Scott’s body in a wooded area north of University Parkway and called 911. When deputies arrived, they found that Scott’s body was partially clothed with “visible trauma to her face.” She was 29 years old.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Scott was strangled and likely dropped off in the remote area several days before her body was found.

During their investigation, deputies say detectives followed up on numerous leads and questioned Benjamin Moulton about his connection to Scott’s death, but he denied any involvement. Because detectives lacked enough evidence to connect Moulton to the homicide, he was not charged.

Police said Moulton walked into the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center on Wednesday and told deputies that he was responsible for Scott’s death.

Deputies say Moulton, now 43 years old, “met with detectives and explained that he killed her in a fit of rage and provided other details about the case that were never released to the public.”

He told detectives the reason for confessing was that he has “found Jehovah and couldn’t live with the guilt anymore.”

Moulton has been charged with first-degree murder.

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