BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Four days later, Lee County deputies are still working the scene of a local murder.
Beloved Estero doctor, Teresa Sievers, was found dead in her home on Monday.
Thursday, crime scene vans and several more investigators arrived at the house on Jarvis Road. While the sheriff’s office wouldn’t provide new answers, WINK News spoke to a good friend of Sievers, who wants to continue to share the doctor’s message.
Lenka Spiska worked side by side with Sievers for the past four years.
She’s hoping, for now, that the public will stop focusing on what happened, and focus instead on the person Sievers was.
“She’s always been a Mother Teresa to me. I don’t see her any other way.”
Spiska was the so-called Eastern medicine to Sievers’ Western medicine.
“On top of that, she was a lover and a fighter. She had that spunk in her and she was driven to deliver a message of healing to the world.”
Spiska is as shocked as the rest of the community about her colleague’s untimely death.
Deputies found Sievers murdered in her home after she didn’t arrive to work on Monday. She had flown back to Southwest Florida alone after a family vacation in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.
“She would always give, give, give. Even her little girls are walking in that same footsteps.”
Spiska is working to raise money for the family, but she’s also talking to WINK News to remind people of the kind of person Sievers was.
“She knew everything about the patients. She knew their dreams, their fears, their pains, their heartaches, losses, everything.”
While family, friends, and the community wait for answers about what exactly happened, Spiska hopes they change their focus to the message Sievers always preached.
“I think Teresa would love if someone could turn the page and see this publicity could be something good. That’s what she was all about, bringing the goodness to people. Trying to reach people in the masses and empower every single soul who came her way.”
Many residents have been wanting answers from the sheriff’s office, especially after authorities asked residents in the area Wednesday to lock their doors and remain vigilant.
Thursday, a sheriff’s office spokesperson told WINK News “if there was a danger to the neighborhood, LCSO would be the first knocking on doors to tell residents.”
Officials would not say if the crime was targeted or random, but say they are working several leads in the case.
Family and friends have set up fundraising accounts. If you’d like to help, click here to donate to the GoFundMe page.
A former patient of Sievers has also set up an account in her name at Capital Bank Brooks Grande Plaza located at 8100 Health Park Center Blvd. in Bonita Springs.
Detectives are asking that any suspicious activity be reported. Anyone who was in the area who may have seen or heard anything can contact the sheriff’s office at 239-477-1000.
Authorities also advocate basic safety precautions including locking doors to homes and vehicles.
To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact the Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org via text to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD; or through the TipSubmit app on any Smart phone.