Jennifer Lynn Fulford

Manhunt for transient person of interest in kidnap and murder of beloved nanny; up to $20K reward offered: Police

Florida detectives located the body of a missing nanny who disappeared on Wednesday under “suspicious circumstances.” They’re searching for a person of interest after surveillance footage showed a man unkown to her family accessing the victim’s bank account at an ATM.

Click Orlando reports that Orange County authorities found the body of missing nanny, Jennifer Lynn Fulford, 56, in Winter Park, off of Apopka-Vineland Road on Saturday. Detectives found the victim’s SUV a day prior in a different location in Orange County. It’s still unclear exactly how Fulford died, but detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

Police are searching for 53-year-old Scott Edwards Nelson, a man caught on surveillance footage at an ATM withdrawing cash from Fulford’s bank account. Winter Park police Chief, Michael Deal, described Nelson as “dangerous” and said authorities are doing everything in the power to locate him.

“This is a dangerous individual. We are going to work diligently to capture him.”

Family and friends said that Fulford was a loving wife, mother, and new grandmother. She had plans to fly to Texas to see her newborn granddaughter before tragedy struck. The family that hired Fulford as their nanny stated that she was always prompt, caring, and cordial. She worked for the family for seven years. They released a public statement following her death, expressing shock over the incident.

“We are heartbroken to learn of Jennifer’s death and find it difficult to understand why and how she became a victim of such a heinous crime. This senseless event has shocked all of us to the core. Jennifer was kind and loving. She cared for her family deeply as she did ours. We will miss her and simply have no words to describe this loss and our grief.”

Fulford was last spotted on Wednesday at around 11:40 a.m. as she left a dental appointment in Winter Park. Police later found her purse inside the bathroom of her employer’s home, with her phone, keys, and wallet removed.

ORIGINAL Story: Nanny vanishes under ‘suspicious circumstances,’ police seek man caught on surveillance

Anyone with information about Nelson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Winter Park Police Department at 407-644-1313, Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477 or online at www.crimeline.org. A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

[Feature Photo: Winter Park PD]