Florida woman killed her brother in 2014 and buried him in backyard, cops say. It took 7 years to arrest her.

Source: Broward County Sheriff's Office, MEGA

Aug. 13 2021, Published 4:35 p.m. ET

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A woman has been arrested after she allegedly killed her brother and kept his remains buried in her backyard since 2014.

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In early June 2021, a detective with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida received a tip from a retired law enforcement officer who said he was told there was the body of a murdered man, Donald Marks Shoff, buried in the backyard of a home in Dania Beach, Florida.

On June 29, police contacted Darlene Ann Shoff-Brock, 62, to set up an interview to talk about her brother, Donald.

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Shoff-Brock allegedly told police her brother had been out of the country for the past couple of years. Her lawyer later canceled the interview, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

On July 9, detectives and crime scene technicians found human remains at the residence in Dania Beach, in the exact location where the informant had told the retired officer that Shoff was buried, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

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On July 19, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, with the assistance of an anthropologist, determined the victim had been shot in the head.


Later, they determined that the murder victim was Shoff-Brock’s brother.

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Detectives believe Schoff-Brock shot and killed her brother sometime in May 2014, based on evidence from skeletal remains, witness statements and DNA results.

Police believe she shot the victim at a home in Hollywood, Florida, and buried his body at the second location where the remains were recovered.

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The motive for the murder remains under investigation, but witnesses said the two often argued about money, and Shoff accused his sister of stealing from him, cops say.

Shoff-Brock was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She is being held without bond.


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