Authorities in Florida have identified the elderly couple who were murdered at a retirement community on New Year’s Eve — and announced an arrest in the case.
Mount Dora Interim Police Chief Mike Gibson held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to offer an update on the homicide investigation and named the victims as Darryl Getman, 83, and his wife, 80-year-old Sharon Getman.
The married couple was found dead inside their apartment at the Waterman Village senior living community shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday.
Addressing reporters Tuesday, Gibson said he was confident the deadly attack on the couple was “random” and further described it as a “once-in-a-lifetime event,” reported the station ClickOrlando.
The interim police chief said a woman, whom he called a person of interest in the Getman couple’s double murder, was arrested out of state this week after being caught with the victims’ stolen car. She will be extradited to Florida to face charges.
Gibson did not name the woman or say where she was apprehended. So far, she is facing vehicle theft counts, but Mount Dora’s top cop confirmed that she is considered a person of interest in the killings.
According to Gibson, on the afternoon of Dec. 30, the person of interest “dressed in a particular way” was escorted out of the Waterman Village complex by security.
The woman remained in the area for some time and just before 11 p.m. that night entered a building on Lake Margaret Circle.
The police chief said the intruder knocked on an apartment door and asked a female resident if she could take a shower, but the woman became fearful and pressed an alarm button.
After learning that the apartment resident called 911, the person of interest grabbed a set of keys near the door and ran off.
Just after 2 a.m. the following morning, the Getmans’ car, a green Kia Soul, was seen leaving the retirement community.
Ten minutes later, the female person of interest returned but was denied entry onto the property by security guards who followed her to a service road and saw her leave.
The husband and wife were discovered dead inside their home at around 4 p.m. that same day. Police have not said how the Getmans died but described the crime as “heinous.”
Gibson said that on Monday, cops tracked down the slain couple’s Kia with the person of interest inside in another state.
The woman has no known connection to Central Florida and was likely “someone that was simply passing through,” according to Gibson.
Darryl and Sharon Getman’s acquaintance, Carole Doxtater, wrote on Facebook that the couple had been married for 58 years and had two grown children and two grandchildren.
Doxtater revealed that earlier in life, Darryl Getman served with the Army Corps of Engineers and later launched a career designing paper-making machinery that took him around the world.
The couple retired in 1995 and settled in Mount Dora.
In March 2021, the Getmans were honored by a local hospital for donating a simulator baby to help medics evaluate newborns and practice resuscitation techniques.