Man With A History Of Mental Illness Wanted By Police After His Mother Is Found Murdered In Their Trailer Park Home

Michael Scott Shemansky

A Florida man wanted as a suspect in the murder of his own mother has been on the run from police since Saturday.

Police say Michael Scott Shemansky came to their attention after he failed to appear for a supervised visit with his son on the same day mother Sandra Shemansky, 57, was found dead at the home they shared in Winter Garden. 

Michael Scott Shemansky is on the run after authorities named him as a suspect in the murder of his mother

The body was discovered at the West Colonial Drive home when an out-of-state family member called in a well-being check.   

WKMG reports that an initial investigation determined there was foul play. 

'My biggest concern is that he might come back,' said neighbor Natalie Randall, a resident of the Winter Garden RV Resort.

An attorney for his estranged wife confirmed Shemansky's failure to appear for the scheduled visit.

He is already on parole for battery on law enforcement, has a history of bipolar mental illness, and was Baker Acted for an attempted suicide.

Under Florida law the Baker Act says an individual can be involuntarily institutionalized.

His mother was there to help him as he went through a divorce. 

His wife filed a domestic violence injunction against him two years ago, according to her attorney, Diana Knowles Dunlop.

Neighbors said his mother may have been the one preventing him from making the meeting with his son. 

'His mom wouldn't allow him to go,' Nathan Tanner told reporters. 'She said because she didn't want him to have no more trouble through the courts.'

Tanner added the stress of the divorce proceedings may have pushed him over the edge. 

'And he got some paperwork Friday that was, I guess, bad news and I guess that triggered him,' Tanner told WFTV.

Authorities have the murder weapon, still not publicly identified, but will not yet confirm how Sandra Shemansky was killed, according to information given to local press by Police Lt. Scott Allen. 

Neighbors at the Winter Garden RV Resort believe divorce proceedings may have pushed Shemansky over the edge

He allegedly was seen going into the trailer park's office and asking for a glass of water shortly after the murder.

Shemansky was last seen fleeing on foot without any sort of provisions and no medication. 

His estranged wife is reportedly preparing to protect himself on the chance he arrives at her home. 

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is urged to contact authorities at 407-656-3636.

 

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