Manatee detectives mum on how homicide victim died

MANATEE -- A preliminary autopsy has determined how homicide victim Nicole Rose Scott died, but investigators are not yet releasing the cause of death, according to a news release from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Scott's body was found Sunday morning in a ditch along University Parkway in southeast Manatee, and detectives are still investigating the death as a homicide, according to the report.

The autopsy was conducted Monday.

Detectives are hoping to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to Scott, who lived in Sarasota, during the past week, according to the report.

They can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2518, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS