Gene Scott, 46, is charged with murder after the body of Renee Benedetti, 40, was found at the Rumpke Landfill in Brown County.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus man is charged in the death of his girlfriend, who was reported missing and later found in a dump at Ohio Southern on Wednesday.
Gene Scott, 46, has been charged with murder after the body of Renee Benedetti, 40, was found at the Rumpke Landfill in Brown County, according to the Columbus Police Department.
Columbus Police Chief Mark Denner said the Cleveland Police Department contacted Columbus police on Jan. 31 about the possible murder of Scott and Benedetti. Denner did not release additional information from Cleveland police.
Columbus police have not been able to confirm that a homicide has occurred, but can confirm that Benedetti was seen in Columbus on January 26. Officers filed a missing person report on Feb. 1 and sent out a missing persons press release.
According to Danner, Scott was found in Kentucky 18 hours later. He was taken into custody and charged with weapons under disability.
He reportedly remained in custody in Kentucky before being extradited to Columbus.
Franklin County Municipal Court records show Scott told police that during a heated argument at their apartment on Arbor Village Drive on Jan. 29, he grabbed Benedetti by the throat and choked her until she was motionless on the floor.
Records say he then wrapped her body in a rug and dumped her body in a dumpster in southern Ohio.
Columbus police worked with the Rumpke organization and began searching the southern Ohio landfill on February 20. The search lasted two and a half weeks before they found the body of a woman, later confirmed as Benedetti.
Scott is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Friday.
Columbus police released new details during a news conference Thursday: