Police Release Names of Married Couple Found Murdered in Senior Living Community New Year’s Eve, Person of Interest in Custody, Mount Dora Police Chief Says

MOUNT DORA, Florida—The names of the couple found dead at Waterman Village Saturday have been released and a person of interest is in custody, according to Mount Dora Police.

Darryl Getman, 83, and his wife, Sharon Getman, 80, were found dead in their duplex home at 161 Lake Margaret Circle after Waterman Village security personnel called 9-1-1 to report a “suspicious incident,” Gibson said. MDPD discovered the bodies and Gibson asked the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their assistance with the crime scene and forensics, he said.

The couple lived in a home in Mount Dora before recently moving to Waterman Village, Gibson said.

In 2021, the couple donated funds to AdventHealth Waterman to purchase a simulator baby for the hospital, according to a social media post. The hospital named the simulated baby “Baby Sharon,” after Getman, the post stated. On Nov. 9, 2021, the hospital “celebrated with a baby shower complete with cake and decorations and demonstrated how this simulator will allow nurses and physicians to practice responding to life threatening emergencies that are infrequent, but have the potential to be devastating to families,” it said in the post.

PHOTO: AdventHealth Waterman

A woman was taken into custody after being found driving a lime green Kia Soul owned by the couple in another state Monday, Gibson said. She has been arrested for grand theft auto and will be extradited back to Lake County. She has not been charged for the murders yet and Gibson refused to release her name or what state she was arrested in, to reporters Tuesday.  

The woman had been spotted hanging around Waterman Village Friday and police believe she was using a construction entrance to gain entry to the property. She was escorted off the property by Waterman Village security around 3 p.m. Friday, Gibson said. At 4:14 p.m. she was captured on surveillance cameras and later that same evening, around 11 p.m. she asked a resident if she could come inside a take a shower, that resident, a female, denied her entry and she stole a set of keys that contained a mailbox key and a car key, and that woman called Waterman Village security, Gibson said. Then at 2:02 a.m. the Kia Soul belonging to the victims, is spotted on surveillance video leaving the property. The timeline of events was unclear and Gibson was asked by reporters to clarify it several times.

Gibson said the person of interest has no ties to the area and was just “passing through.”

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