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FMPD attempt to help homeless family

Posted at 11:22 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 06:38:39-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. - After a Four In Your Corner Investigative report on homeless sex offenders living in the woods, a police captain made it his mission to help a homeless family Fox 4 found living in the woods. But the family didn't react the way many would imagine. 

Our report striking a nerve with Fort Myers Police Captain Jim Mulligan.  "That's why this morning I emailed you and said we want to do some follow up", said Mulligan. 

Many viewers reacting the same way after seeing the homeless family living off of Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard in the woods, raising their 14-year-old daughter Tiffany. 

The family tells Fox 4 the Department of Children and Families paid them a visit last month, warning them a sex offender had just moved into the area.

Captain Mulligan is already taking action to help.  " I've contacted the homeless coalition, I've contacted the Department of Human Services and I've got another contact I've got to make to the Salvation Army. Everyone's looking into it, there is great interest, especially when you're talking about families living in the woods. 

But when Fox 4 went into the woods, the Harris' said it would all depend if they would split up the family. If so, that would be a problem. This includes their cats. 

For now, the Harris's will continue making the woods their home. 

Captain Mulligan said he's still going to work on a way to find a solution that works best for the family. 

Tiffany does make it to school every day.