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LCSO searching for missing Iona woman after finding man and SUV

Reporter: Asha Patel, Zach Oliveri Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Iona woman Suzanne LaPierre, 54.

James Lally, 51, and an SUV he and LaPierre may have been driving were also missing, but were located Monday afternoon. LaPierre remains missing.

On Friday, LaPierre was last seen at her home in the 12300 block of Apollo Drive in Iona. She and Lally were possibly driving a red Chevrolet HHR.

LaPierre car
LaPierre car Credit: SWFL Crime Stoppers

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating at a home in the 12300 block of Apollo Drive in Iona. This home is located within Century 21 Mobile Home Park.

Deputies have not said what they are investigating, but they placed crime scene tape around the driveway, and deputy vehicles were parked in front of the home.

Neighbors in century 21 Mobile Home Park are scared and they want authorities to find LaPierre.

Mickey Larimer lived across from LaPierre for four years. “Friday morning, I noticed early that the car was gone. It was so early it was unexpected,” said Larimer.

Larimer attempted to call her neighbor on Saturday but got no response. “I couldn’t get her. So, that was unusual; she’s one that keeps her phone right with her,” Larimer said.

Larimer called again on Sunday—no answer. LCSO deputies showed up at LaPierre’s home along Apollo Drive on Monday.

This investigation is taking place at the home where they were last seen. WINK News is not sure if there is a connection between the two.

Dorothy Meir lives in Century 21. “About 1 a.m.m there was about eight cars, most of them with their lights on. And red lights flashing as well, so we knew there was something strange going on,” Meir said.

LCSO investigators entered and exited the home multiple times. There were two crime scene unit vehicles parked outside as the home was completely roped off with crime scene tape.

Rich Kolko is WINK News’ Safety and Security Specialist. “They probably have at least a working theory and they’re going to build around that theory. Collect evidence, do witness interviews and they’re going to work hard to find where this missing woman is,” Kolko said.

Detectives with LCSO won’t say what they are investigating. But, Kolko believes the next step in that investigation is to build a timeline.

“They found this car at this time and they’re going to work backward, hour by hour, day by day, to figure out where that car and any occupants in it may have been. And that will lead them to the end of this case,” Kolko said.

Anyone who has seen LaPierre is asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online or on the P3 Tips mobile app.

Crime Stoppers did not say where they found the car and Lally. They also did not specify if Lally was found alive or not.

Kolko did say it was unusual for that information not to be included but it could just be a part of the investigation.