Friend of slain Bonita woman speaks out, searches for answers

It has been 101 days since the body of Sarah Nicholson was found inside of her charred home on Squire Lane.

Nicholson’s obituary suggested she surprised burglars at her home in the moments before she was killed in October.

But Nicholson’s best friend, Jamie Patel, said the 34-year-old woman had gotten into a verbal altercation with someone just days before her murder.

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“She sent me some more texts after that were scary involving that person, she shows up here Saturday night and a few hours later I get a call she’s dead,” Patel said.

No arrests have been made in the homicide of Nicholson.

“I was there right after everything happened. When they took the police tape down, and it was very obvious from everything that they took … that they stole from her,” Patel said. “Not one person did that. It was premeditated and there are multiple people.”

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Patel said she informed investigators about the text messages she received from Nicholson and about the possible suspects, but has not received an update on the case.

“They just keep saying that waiting on evidence in a homicide case … it can take a long time and they’ve waited up to years before,” Patel said.

Patel said moving on is impossible until she gets more answers.

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“He knows where I live … I would love to get him off the street … them off the street,” Patel said in reference to the possible suspects. “I won’t stop until there’s justice.”

WINK News reached out to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for more answers but they said the case is still active.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers said they have not received many tips on the case but there is a reward for anyone who has information leading to a conviction.

Reporter:Kim Powell
Writer:Katherine Viloria
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