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Suspicious objects prompt closure of city block near Caloosahatchee Bridge

Posted at 7:23 AM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-09 09:32:07-05

UPDATE 11/9: Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers released images of a suspect and vehicle believed connected to what they called a "political hoax bomb threat" that occurred Tuesday morning.

No descriptive information about the vehicle was provided other than images of a sport-utility-style vehicle. One image, a black-and-white security camera screengrab, shows a person with glasses sitting behind the wheel.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

Our original reporting continues below:
The discovery of two suspicious objects caused police activity and the closure of an entire city block near the Caloosahatchee Bridge Tuesday morning.

Fort Myers police made a social media post just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, stating that an investigation was underway in the area of Edwards Drive and Heitman Street.

They added that the entire block was closed, including Bay Street and Monroe Street.

A later Facebook post from the department showed Lee County Sheriff's Office vehicles had arrived to assist in the investigation, as had Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad.

LCSO confirmed the presence of a second object.

A photo showed the item of concern; a series of two dolls or objects in the shape of bodies. The larger of the two had rope around its neck and was scrawled with words such as "Light," "Nazis," and "Evil."

Both items were deemed safe by authorities, and the roads were reopened by 10:45 a.m.

No arrests have been announced. The agencies say this remains an active investigation.