Deadly assault kills senior couple in retirement community

An elderly couple was found dead in their apartment in a retirement community in Waterman Village in Mount Dora, Florida. The authorities identified the deceased couple as 83-year-old Darryl Getman and 80-year-old Sharon Getman.

During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Mount Dora Interim Police Chief Mike Gibson revealed that the married couple was found dead inside their apartment at around 4 p.m.

Residents witnessed a suspicious woman around the time the deceased bodies were found. She was reportedly dressed in an “unusual dress” and walked around the property at around 11 p.m.

According to reports, she knocked on a female resident’s door and asked to use the shower. But the resident was afraid and triggered the alarm. The person of interest then grabbed a set of keys and escaped to the garage.

At around 2 a.m., the suspicious woman drove away from the retirement community in Getmans’ car. After ten minutes, she returned to the complex, but the security guards kicked her out of the property.

Police track down suspected woman’s trail

Gibson revealed that on Monday, the police continued to investigate the suspicious woman. The officers tracked down the couple’s stolen car, a green Kia Soul.

Gibson later said the woman had no connection whatsoever to central Florida. He described the woman as “someone that was simply passing through.” He insisted that the lethal attack against the couple was “random” and addressed it as a “once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The police found the stolen car and arrested the woman outside Florida. Gibson said she would be extradited to Florida to face charges.

Initially, the woman was only facing vehicle theft indictments. Mount Dora PD later named her a suspect in the murder of the Getmans.

According to Carole Doxtater, an acquaintance who knew the couple, the Getmans were married for almost 60 years. Doxtater also revealed that the couple moved and settled in Mount Dora in 1995 after their retirement.