Son charged in Troy mother’s death

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 25, 2019

 Uriah Lee Scott

Uriah Lee Scott


Uriah Lee Scott, 42, has been charged in the murder of his mother, Cynthia Scott, 61, after police found her body partially in the closet of her Troy home.

Police said Uriah Scott had recently moved in with his mother, and he was arraigned March 23 in 52-4 District Court on a charge of open murder.

He was denied bond and remains in the Oakland County Jail. He appeared without an attorney, requesting a court-appointed one.

An attorney had not been appointed at press time.

Police arrested Uriah Scott in Oak Park, at the home of a friend, where he had reportedly been staying since March 18, after a welfare check at Cynthia Scott’s home on Shelley Drive, in the Stephenson Highway and Rochester Road area, revealed that she had been the victim of an apparent homicide.

Police said the cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to an autopsy conducted by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Officer March 21.

According to the police report, at the request of family members police arrived at the home for the welfare check at 5:35 p.m. March 20, after attempts by the family to contact her had gone unanswered.

She had not been seen since March 18, according to the report.

Police said that upon arriving at the home in the mobile home park they were initially unable to locate the woman, and they treated the incident as a missing person investigation.

According to the police report, officers discovered Cynthia Scott dead in a bedroom in the home, concealed under some items and partially in a closet.

According to the report, police questioned a man who resides at the Shelley Drive address, who was released without charges at this time.

The woman had been a resident of Troy for several years, according to the police report. Police said there had been no significant law enforcement contact at the home.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said there is a possibility that mental health issues are involved.

Police said they are grateful for the assistance of the Michigan State crime scene response team, which assisted Troy police evidence technicians, and for the Oak Park Department of Public Safety.

Uriah Scott’s  probable cause conference was set for April 3, and preliminary exam was set for April 9.