YORKVILLE — A woman found dead in Yorkville Wednesday morning has been identified by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office as a missing woman from the Milwaukee area whose family has been searching for her since July 3.
In a press release issued Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s Lt. Dave Barker said 28-year-old Audrey M. Scott was located deceased near South Sylvania Avenue (the west Interstate 94 frontage road) just north of Highway KR.
“The incident is being investigated as a homicide. There are several persons of interest in custody and the investigation is ongoing,” Barker said.
Racine investigators are working with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the case.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted the autopsy, but the cause of death or toxicology test results have not been released.
Racine County investigators considered the death “suspicious” when their investigation began, but did not elaborate on what caused them to make that determination.
Known as “Tutu” by her family, Scott, a mother of two, went missing on July 3rd prompting her family to offer a $5,000 reward for her return. Scott was last seen at McGillicuddy’s bar near Water Street and Juneau Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.
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Last week, Scott’s family joined Milwaukee social activist Torey Lowe on a trip to Chicago to spread awareness of her case in that city.
“We saturated our city with fliers,” Lowe said. “We know crime travels. We want to make sure we’re all over the country with this story so they can bring home their loved one.”
In a video posted on social media during her mother’s disappearance, Scott’s daughter Audreyanna Scott expressed her grief.
“It’s sad and heartbreaking. It’s hard on me to not be able to see her before I go to bed. I miss her so much.”
Scott is one of three people found dead in Racine County in the last six weeks. On Sunday, 48-year-old Christopher Melik of Waupaca was found in the water of Lake Michigan at the shore of Samuel Myers Park. Investigators consider his death suspicious.
Kenosha teen Olivia Mackay was found July 24 on a rural property in the 11000 block of Louis Sorenson Road in Mount Pleasant. Police determined that Mackay was strangled on a beach in Kenosha before being driven to and left in Racine County.
Daniel Tate, 19, of Kenosha, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the case. Jamari Cook, 17, also of Kenosha, is accused of stealing Mackay’s car and hiding her body in it.