Children of Murdered Elderly Mount Dora Couple “Stunned, Devastated and Heart-Broken”

MOUNT DORA, Florida—The son and daughter of the couple found murdered New Year’s Eve have released a statement on the murders of their parents.

 Darryl Getman, 83, and his wife, Sharon Getman, 80, were found murdered in their duplex home at 161 Lake Margaret Circle after Waterman Village security personnel called 9-1-1 to report a “suspicious incident,” Mount Dora Police Chief Gibson said earlier this week. MDPD discovered the bodies and launched an investigation 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.

Their son, Anthony and daughter, Brittany released a statement Wednesday.

“We are stunned, devastated and heart-broken by the horrific murder of our parents. If there are words to describe what has happened and its impact to our family and the community, we have not found them. Mom and Dad had been residents of Mount Dora for over 20 years and truly loved the area. They were enjoying their golden years staying active and spending time with their many friends. We appreciate all the support we have received. It just shows how well thought of our parents were. We have every confidence in Chief Michael Gibson and the Mount Dora PD and Special Agent Lee Massie and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They and their teams have worked tirelessly together and with other agencies to solve this crime. We look forward to a successful resolution. We humbly ask you to respect our privacy in this most difficult time and to allow law enforcement to complete their mission to solve this tragically unnecessary crime.”

A person of interest was taken into custody after she was 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 with the murders yet and Gibson refused to release her name to reporters Tuesday.

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