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Bonita Springs homicide investigation update

July 15, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Our investigation of the Dr. Sievers homicide continues progressing well and my team is working around the clock. I am personally following every aspect of this investigation and there are many moving parts. As I have said previously, this tragedy is a complicated set of circumstances with many intricacies. I remain more confident than ever that this is not a random, arbitrary case.

My office initiated media updates soon after the discovery of Dr. Sievers' death and some media outlets seemed obsessed with our request that the public and specifically Dr. Sievers' neighbors report any suspicious activity, call with any information about the case and lock their doors. These three appeals are "crime prevention 101" and were never intended to create added alarm. We ask this all the time in every case.

At the same time, a sergeant with my office who is moonlighting as a candidate for Sheriff and who has absolutely nothing to do with the Dr. Sievers case appeared with local media and issued criticism of the agency from which she continues to collect a paycheck. Remember that a swarm of law enforcement converged on this neighborhood and has continued commuting to and from the scene in a highly visible manner ever since. That level of law enforcement presence around the clock serves to make any area even more safe than usual. When we believe there is imminent danger to the public, we will be the first to communicate same.

Finally, certain media outlets continue reporting specifics of the Dr. Sievers case that have not been confirmed by my office. While law enforcement always prefers a bit more restraint, I fully understand that the media is what it is and does what it wants in the interest of an agenda and a timeline that is far different from ours. With that said, we will continue to update our media partners as able.

Sheriff Mike Scott

Lee County Sheriff's Office

Fort Myers



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