Lee County Sheriff Scott breaks silence on Sievers murder case

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- For the first time, WINK News is hearing directly from Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott on a murder case that’s terrified the community.

Dr. Teresa Sievers was brutally killed in her home more than a week ago, and the sheriff’s office has been tight-lipped about the case ever since.

Tuesday, Sheriff Scott told WINK News this was not a random crime.

“Our detectives are literally working around the clock. This is all hands on deck, no stones unturned, serious stuff.”

Scott is finally answering questions the community, and the nation, has about Sievers’ murder.

Many residents wonder, are they in danger?

Neighbors have criticized the sheriff’s office, claiming Scott is keeping them in the dark when it comes to safety.

But the sheriff says the public isn’t in danger.

“Based on reason and the evidence we have to this point, and working it exhaustively, I’m very comfortable saying it’s not a random arbitrary situation and I do believe there’s some connectivity here.”

Scott says they have leads, but says it would be “irresponsible” to release other information.

When we asked if they had any suspects, he said  “well I’m not going to speak to that.”

We do know from sources, that Sievers was killed with a hammer, but the sheriff would not confirm.

“Here we can’t, I the sheriff’s office can’t, it would be reckless to do so, cannot play this thing out play-by-play with each piece of information we get. We will share information as we think it will benefit the case. We are not going to share information simply to solve someone’s curiosity.”

Scott did talk about the evidence.

“To give you an example of how tenacious we are with this, we physically drove the first batch of priority evidence to the lab. We didn’t wait for FedEx, we physically got in the car and drove it there,” said Scott.

That evidence includes the family’s van, as well as a side door. He also said they are using an laboratory outside Lee County to get quicker answers.

The sheriff says that’s all he can say for now.

“There’s a lot of intricacies in the case. What we have to this point, we have no guarantees, I can’t give you guarantees, even with an arrest. We could arrest somebody today and put them in jail and I can’t guarantee anything,” said Scott.

The sheriff also spoke about the fact that the murder happened in a neighborhood not known for crime. Because the victim is a well-respected doctor, the public’s interest in this case has been fueled.

Scott adds that the sheriff’s office has some answers in the investigation, but are not prepared to share them. He says he will release further details as he can, but is asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office.
As for asking residents to lock their doors? Scott says it’s something he wants you to do every day, whether there is a crime or not.
Local defense attorney, Lance Dunford, who is not involved in this case tells WINK News in most local investigations, evidence is sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which takes time.”They have to get their ducks in a row and figure out where is the evidence even leading,” said Dunford.

Dunford also says if the Sheriff’s office released just a small nugget of information prematurely it could unravel their entire case.

“If they do have a suspect in mind, well that suspect in mind and they do put that out publicly, well, the suspect is going to be the most interested person in knowing what they have against them,” he said.

“We simply have to be mindful of the integrity of the evidence, the investigation and ultimately hopefully a prosecution,” said Sheriff Mike Scott.

Trust WINK News to continue to follow the investigation and bring you any new updates.

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