FORT MYERS, Fla.- A search warrant was served Thursday afternoon at the home of Dan Sinclair, a candidate for the Lee County Supervisor of Elections, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sinclair’s name was recently linked to the deadly hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Adam King in June.
Officers seized multiple hard drives and went through Sinclair’s garage, as well as inside his vehicle. Bags of trash were also searched by authorities.
A Fort Myers police source says Sinclair is not a suspect in King’s death, something the candidate himself reiterated.
Sinclair was hiding inside the home, according to LSCO. But Sinclair denies that. He said there was a misunderstanding at the door.
“I was on the phone with my attorney, he was on the phone with them, they said they would wait until they got here. I walked up to the front door, he was like ‘what’s that noise?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, it sounds like they’re breaking the door!'” Sinclair described.
Sinclair says he is cooperating with officials in the investigation and believes deputies are collecting evidence to clear him of suspicion.
At least one person thinks deputies are mounting evidence for Sinclair’s arrest: King’s mother, Tracy. She watched from her home as coverage about the search warrant unfolded live on television.
“I am shaking like a leaf. I just can’t believe it. I got a text, a phone call, and a knock on the door all at pretty much the same time. I just — this is incredible,” Tracy King said. “This is — I hope they have all they need to send him away.”
Sinclair pleaded with his followers in a Facebook video, asking that anyone with information in the hit-and-run come forward.
He said he is still running for office but was noticeably absent from a forum held Thursday for the Supervisor of Elections candidates. His name was not included in the panel name tags.
Sinclair was fingerprinted in connection to the deadly hit-and-run on June 29. The candidate was involved in a previous controversy when his friend, David Levin, featured him in an online video about hacking into the Lee County Supervisor of Elections website.
Sinclair is friend’s with Adam Costello, the man who denies having driven the car he owns at the time when it struck King. The pair was out to celebrate Father’s Day before King was hit and killed, according to Sinclair.