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A Collier County woman found 16 of her hand raised wallabies dead on her property, poisoned with street drugs. It's been five months and she says Florida Fish and Wildlife isn't solving the crime.
"Missing them, missing them a lot," Wendy Olheyer says thinking of her dead animals.
One morning in December, Olheyer discovered 11 wallabies and five of their babies dead in their pen. Necropsy results showed they had been poisoned with drugs.
Florida Fish and Wildlife came out to investigate, but after that Olheyer says they never came back and five months later haven't made any arrests.
"After this whole incident I thought somebody should have called and told me where they were in the investigation. I thought it a little strange nobody communicated with me," the breeder says.
Lt. Pay Reynolds, a lead investigator with FWC, says much of what Olheyer says is true. With lack of manpower in the area, Reynolds says FWC relied on the sheriff's office to help.
"We asked them to assist in working suspects that we had, maybe pull them in for an interview. Well, that didn't happen. I don't know why, I couldn't get any good straight answers," Reynolds tells me.
He says investigators are now working double time to get this case solved after admittedly having a slow start. He expects to have a suspect in the next two weeks.
The thought of an arrest is music to Olheyer's ears, "I think it's great, I think it'll be the best thing that can happen."
In the past, the sheriff's office told WINK News that this is FWC's investigation.
Trust WINK News to bring you the developments when the person responsible is caught.