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Denise Scott, 9/11 widow, receives message from husband 10 years later

9:48 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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By George Colli

Westport, CT (WTIC/CNN) - A Connecticut woman always believed her husband was killed instantly when a plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Center, where he worked on the 84th floor.

It wasn't until ten years after his death, that she got a scrap of evidence that changed the story.

The words she received changed the script after a decade of sleepless nights for Denise Scott and her daughters.

"I don't like the word closure but you have to have an explanation. You have to have some way of explaining or having an ending. So we all just wrote the same ending and it wasn't correct," said Scott.

The Scott family always thought the ending came instantly for their father Randy, who was working on the 84th floor of World Trade Center 2 the morning of September 11, 2001. For them, his final chapter was rewritten after a call from New York's chief state examiner in August 2011.

"I don't think I even asked her what was on the note. I think I said I don't want to know until I see it. So, the minute I saw it I knew it was his handwriting," said Scott.

Found blocks from the fallen towers, the note was a needle in the haystack of debris following the attacks in lower Manhattan.

But it was preserved, first by a guard at the Federal Reserve, who had it handed to him and then by the September 11th Memorial and Museum. A drop of blood providing evidence of its author.

"My youngest one, when I told them about the note said, 'Oh daddy must have been so scared.' I said, 'No, your father was hopeful. They were trying to help each other and to get out,'" said Scott.

That conversation with her daughters came six months after Denise was first notified of the note's existence. She says there was never a right time to tell them, knowing it would reopen the wound bringing all the memories and feelings of that day back.

"Everything, and you know, you just relive it over again like it was yesterday. Just like it was yesterday," said Scott.

As the Scotts join other Connecticut families who lost loved ones 11 years ago, at this year's tribute service at the September 11th memorial service in Westport, they do so knowing their father and the others who were by his side never gave up trying to make it home.

"And I think it really tells the story of the day and the people in the building," said Scott.

Denise Scott's husband Randy worked for Euro Brokers Incorporated on the 84th floor, right where the plane made impact, so it had always made sense to her that he died instantly.



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