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LCSO continues search along I-75 near Caloosahatchee Bridge

Posted at 7:01 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 19:01:45-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff's Office renewed its search in a wooded area along I-75 Tuesday.

It's the same area deputies also investigated last Friday.

For hours, Lee County Forensic Investigators searched the grassy area near the Caloosahatchee bridge using a drone.

It's still unclear what exactly they were looking for; however, deputies did release a press release Tuesday morning confirming that this investigation was not connected to the search for the missing newborn from Miami.

Retired police chief and private investigator, Walter Zalisko, who is not related to this investigation, shared his insight as to why deputies would search the same area twice.

"The first search may have just relied on preliminary information they may have gotten without verifying," said Zalisko.

"In the course of a day or two, they may have verified that information, and now it brings them back to the area for a more thorough search."

Zalisko says deputies will search the same area as many times as needed until they determine that what they are looking for is not there.

"Going through that area is like really looking for a needle in a haystack, there's a lot of high brush, the terrain is pretty rugged, so they want to make sure that they cover a good section of that area," said Zalisko.

We have reached out to the Lee County Sheriff's Office several times to confirm if the two searches along I-75 are connected to any other active investigations, they will not respond to our calls or emails.