Jennifer Lynn Fulford

Man suspected of murdering beloved nanny apprehended while hiding in hotel room

On Sunday, authorities apprehended a man suspected of robbing and killing a nanny last week in Florida.

Fox Orlando reports that authorities arrested Scott Edward Nelson, 53, a transient convicted felon, at a motel on Sunday evening, off of New Kings Road in Jacksonville. He’s suspected of killing 56-year-old nanny, Jennifer Lynn Fulford.

Nelson landed on the radar after authorities obtained surveillance footage from an ATM where Fulford’s debit card was last used. Nelson was spotted alone on surveillance, using Fulford’s card to pull out cash. Fulford disappeared on Wednesday after a dental appointment in Winter Park at around 11:40 a.m. Her employer alerted police that Fulford never showed up to pick up his children from school, an action extremely unusual for the nanny. She worked for her employer for seven years and he reported she was always prompt.

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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.

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.”

The Jacksonville Police Department stated that there is no new information at this time. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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