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Detectives find body while searching for evidence in missing person's case

Latricia Ana Scott as a child. (Source: Susan Mitchell, family member.) Latricia Ana Scott as a child. (Source: Susan Mitchell, family member.)
According to Detective Kevin Smith, a 24-year-old female was last seen at a house on Fourth and Cowan Street Wednesday night. According to Detective Kevin Smith, a 24-year-old female was last seen at a house on Fourth and Cowan Street Wednesday night.
Detectives are focusing their search on an area of loose dirt in the backyard. Detectives are focusing their search on an area of loose dirt in the backyard.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department found a body while searching a home on Cowan Street in Wilmington Friday for evidence relating to a missing person's case.

Police identified the woman as Latricia Ana Scott, 24, and her family reported her as missing on Wednesday night. 

The medical examiner says the cause of death was blunt force trauma to her head.

Police caught the murder suspect after a standoff that lasted several hours Friday night.

Authorities roped off the home Friday morning with crime tape while about a dozen police officers searched the home, in addition to the mobile command unit.

Detectives focused their search on an area of loose dirt in the backyard.  They roped it off to create a boundary and are digging around the area to take samples.  Detectives say they found the body buried.

Police say that three men were arrested at this same house Thursday night, a day after the woman's family reported she had gone missing.  One of the men was arrested on charges for outstanding warrants and the other for interfering with that arrest.

According to officials, the two men arrested Thursday night are not suspects in this case, but detectives have a person in mind.

Officials said they are not prepared to release her name or any other details at this time, but do say they are treating the situation as a missing person's case.

Authorities said Scott did not live at the home.

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