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Fort Myers Police death investigation underway at Cypress Courts Apartments

Posted at 6:27 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 22:58:12-05

FORT MEYRS, Fla. — Update: 12/1/2020

Neighbors in the Cypress Courts apartment complex held a balloon release Tuesday to honor a woman who died the day before. Most who spoke to FOX 4 say they didn't know her very well, but the group still wanted to make sure she wasn't forgotten.

"I couldn't sleep last night. My wife couldn't sleep last night thinking about this," said neighbor, Tierra Scott.

FOX 4 also spoke to a woman who says she used to be a close friend of the woman who died, but the pair lost touch about two years ago.

That friend, who wanted to remain anonymous, is sharing this reminder for others who may let life get in the way of friendships:

"If you haven't heard from them in a long time. Go looking for them," she said.

A big concern from neighbors and that friend, is that there may have been domestic violence occurring in the home.

FOX 4 is working to learn if that is true. We will update you once we know more.

Original Story

Fort Myers police are investigating a "suspicious death," after a 31-year old mother was found unconscious in an apartment off of Seminole Ave. around 1 p.m.

FMPD found the body at the Cypress Courts apartment complex after getting a call about a "woman in distress." A police report shows that responding officers believed the woman may have been having a seizure.

After performing life-saving measures on her, that woman was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The report also shows that her four young children and the father of one of those kids, 37-year-old Serge Lefevre, were in the home when officers arrived. The Department of Children and Families has placed the children with a relative.

Lefevre was Baker Acted by an officer on the scene.

Fort Myers police say they have labeled the woman's death as "suspicious" due to the nature of the call and injuries they found on the woman's body at the time.

There have been no arrests in this case as police wait for the medical examiner's cause of death determination.

Sgt. Lesa Breneman with the FMPD Homicide Unit says her team uses the following mindset when it comes to investigating these types of crimes:

"We couldn't change what happened, but we could change what happens from here forward and we can hopefully bring some peace to the families," she said.

If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call the FMPD Homicide Unit at 239-321-8015.