Neighbors: SWAT raided Sievers murder suspect’s home in July

Published: August 31, 2015 6:59 PM EDT
Updated: January 19, 2016 1:54 PM EST

Jefferson County, Mo. – Before he was arrested for the murder of Teresa Sievers, neighbors say Wayne Wright lived with his wife in a trailer in Hillsboro, Missouri.

WINK News visited the neighborhood and met Sarah Hanneken, who told us detectives from Florida started poking around back in July.

“They stopped over there and asked us if we knew him… and asked us if we see anything suspicious to give them a call,” said Hanneken.

Wright and Sievers’ husband Mark have been friends since childhood, according to Teresa Sievers’ sister.
Neighbors say about two weeks after Sievers was found dead in Bonita Springs, a SWAT team raided Wright’s trailer 1,200 miles away.

“I seen like 20 SWAT guys or so… flak jackets and a whole lot of rifles. And a lot of cops walking around,” said Darren Smith, Wright’s next door neighbor.

Smith says Wright was handcuffed, detained, and released about three days later. Then, on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week in Cadet, Missouri, about 30 minutes from Wright’s trailer, neighbors say investigators raided the trailer of Jimmy Rodgers, the second suspect in Sievers’ murder.

“They must’ve brought out at least a dozen brown bags,” Rodgers’ neighbor Billy White told WINK News.

Neighbor Angel Coleman told us Rodgers and Wright are close friends.

“(Wright) used to go over to Jim’s all the time. Apparently by what Jim said they were like brothers,” said Coleman.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said last Thursday that Rodgers and Wright would be charged with Sievers’ murder. Both are currently in custody in Missouri. Rodgers will be sentenced Wednesday for a probation violation, and will spend at least four months in federal prison before facing extradition to Lee County. Wright has an extradition hearing scheduled for September 30.