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After Mom Disappeared, Young Woman Raised Siblings, Hopes for Justice

Posted Oct 31, 2011 7:55 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: Tatiana Scott has had a hard life in recent years.

Left to raise a younger brother and sister in 2006, after her mother, Sheila Scott, went out for a quick trip to the store on Valentine's Day and never returned, the 24-year-old learned this week that authorities had found her mom's 1997 Ford Expedition at the bottom of a retention pond.

Although official findings have not been made, she is convinced that skeletal remains found inside are her mother's, according to KOTV and the Tulsa World.

She is also convinced her mother didn't run off the road or commit suicide and says she now hopes to see justice done. There are law books in her home and she has said she herself would like to be a prosecutor.

Perhaps all of this helps explain why Tatiana Scott originally told KOTV she is in her second year of law school at the University of Tulsa. In fact, she is not a law student and never attended TU, KOTV reported in a follow-up story.

The news of Sheila Scott's apparent death was reportedly hard on the youngest sibling, now 13, who had hoped for a happy ending. But the oldest, Tatiana Scott, had long been convinced her mother did not leave her family of her own volition.

“When any remains are found, you wonder, is this going to be the phone call, is this going to be the one,” she told the newspaper. “You always hold out hope and always wonder.”

Corrected on Nov. 3 to include and accord with new information from KOTV that Scott is not a law student and has never attended the University of Tulsa.

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