As police continue to search for missing 24-year-old Trukita Scott, the man her family believes is behind the disappearance has turned himself into police.
U.S. Marshals contacted detectives from the Fort Lauderdale Police department to notify them that Carl Watts had turned himself in for outstanding federal arrest warrants. Detectives are now making arrangements to speak to Watts in reference to Scott's disappearance.
Scott has been missing for a week after she failed to show up to pick her children up from day care. Video showed her leaving her job at a West Park U-Haul last week before heading out to Liberty City to meet Watts.
Miami Police also found Scott’s car in Liberty City. Wednesday, it was Watts’ mother, Miss Ellison, who pleaded with her son to turn himself in.
“Turn yourself in,” Ellison said. “No matter what people think or say, you know what you did and what you didn’t do. Turn yourself in so that you can clear your name.”
Police haven’t called Watts a suspect, but would like to talk to him. His home in Fort Lauderdale looks abandoned after a week and his mother said she didn’t hear from him until Wednesday afternoon.
“He was crying. He was very upset because he sees me upset,” Ellison said. “He said, ‘I had nothing to do with Kita’s disappearance.’”
Scott's employer, Jeffrey Davis, said he had banned Watts from his U-Haul store prior to Scott's disappearance.
"I've had to call the cops on him and put a restraining order against him," Davis said.
According to Davis, in the five years that Scott has worked at his store, the couple has had multiple heated arguments there. Davis said Watts would even try to physically harm her in front of customers.
"He used to try and grab her and take her outside and I would have to confront him," Davis said.
Davis said she would come in to work depressed after fighting with Watts, and that at times she feared for her safety.
"She even said one day she had the feeling she might not come back," Davis said.
Watts is no stranger to law enforcement. A few weeks ago, he was shown on surveillance video allegedly trying to kidnap a high school girl from a bus stop in Fort Lauderdale. Watts also has three previous kidnapping charges and Trukita’s family said they can’t find any sign of him.
“Nobody is perfect,” Ellison said. “Whatever my son did in the past, he was much younger. I’m not justifying anything, but he did his time for that.
If you have any information that might help find Scott, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).