Monday, August 31, 2015

CCSO Asks Public For Help Identifying Human Remains

Collier County Sheriff's Office investigators, along with the District 20 Medical Examiner's Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers, work the scene where human remains were found near the intersection of Miller Boulevard and 126th Avenue Southeast in Golden Gate Estates over the weekend. CCSO photo.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying human remains found in Golden Gate Estates over the weekend.

Hikers discovered the remains in the Picayune Strand State Forest around 2 p.m. Saturday. A human skull was discovered in standing water in a wooded area near the intersection of 126 Avenue Southeast and Miller Boulevard. An 8-inch bone and a section of vertebrae were found near the roadside.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, collected the remains and turned them over to the Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A preliminary examination by the medical examiner’s office determined that the remains are from a female over the age of 30 who had extensive dental work, according to detectives. She also had a previous broken collar bone that had healed.
She had red polish on her fingernails.

Detectives believe the remains have been in place for at least four days.

A cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.

An investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Gov. Scott At CCSO For Storm Briefing

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to state emergency managers on speaker phone during a conference call about former Tropical Storm Erika at Collier County Sheriff's Office headquarters Saturday, while Maj. General Michael Calhoun, from left, Mayor John Sorey and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk look on. Photo by Cpl. Efrain Hernandez/CCSO

Gov. Rick Scott visited Collier County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters on Saturday for a briefing on Tropical Storm Erika.

Gov. Scott joined Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk for a conference call with state emergency managers in the CCSO command center, along with Naples Mayor John Sorey, Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller and Maj. General Michael Calhoun.    

Emergency officials said at the 11 a.m. briefing that Tropical Storm Erika had degenerated to a trough of low pressure. Officials cautioned that while the threat from the storm is diminished it hasn’t disappeared.

The system is expected to bring heavy rains and squalls starting late Sunday and continuing through Monday, raising concerns locally about potential flooding and standing water, especially in low-lying areas of Collier County.

At a press conference outside CCSO headquarters following the briefing, Gov. Scott said he is keeping the state of emergency in place for Florida for remnants of Tropical Storm Erika.

Sheriff Rambosk urged motorists to be especially cautious and to avoid roads, intersections and areas that traditionally flood during heavy rain storms as well as areas where there is standing water. He cited East Naples, downtown Naples and U.S. 41 North in North Naples as examples of low-lying areas.

Deputies will monitor low-lying areas and request assistance as needed.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CCSO Urges Residents To Visit New County Emergency Preparedness Site Called COLLIER72

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Erika and urges residents and businesses to review their emergency plans.

It is essential to take the necessary steps and be ready before a storm approaches, and that you have a 72-hour disaster survival kit prepared.

To give Collier County residents one more tool to be prepared in the event of an emergency, Collier County Emergency Management recently launched COLLIER72. The web-based application enables county residents and visitors to use traditional and digital social networks to help each other before, during and after an emergency.

COLLIER72, which can be accessed at, gives residents and visitors information on how to develop an emergency kit, how to plan for emergencies and disasters, how to connect with their communities socially and how to stay informed with emergency-related information.

COLLIER72 is also on Facebook at, and on Twitter @Collier72org) to give the public additional ways to access information.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, Aug. 31:

Glades Boulevard and Palm Drive - Red-light running
Immokalee Drive and North 15th Street – Red-Light running
Old 41 Road and Tamiami Trail North - Speeding

Tuesday, Sept. 1:

Goodlette-Frank Road and Pelican Marsh Boulevard – Speeding
Davis Boulevard and Lakewood Boulevard – Speeding
Pine Ridge Road at Pine Ridge Middle School- Speeding

Wednesday, Sept. 2:

23rd Avenue SW and 49th Terrace SW - Speeding
Golden Gate Parkway and Tropicana Boulevard – Red-light running
Shadowlawn Drive at Shadowlawn Elementary – Aggressive driving

Thursday, Sept. 3:

Santa Barbara and Devonshire boulevards - Aggressive driving
Vanderbilt Beach and Livingston roads – Aggressive Driving
Everglades and Randall boulevards – Red-Light running

Friday, Sept. 4:

Oil Well and Immokalee roads – Red-Light running
Naples Boulevard – Speeding
Green and Collier Boulevards- Aggressive Driving

Friday, August 21, 2015

Arcadia Woman Makes Quilt For Injured CCSO Deputy

Collier County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Maria Raley, above left, displays a quilt delivered to her Friday by Sgt. Marcus Carter. Helen Vickers, below right, of Arcadia made the quilt for Cpl. Raley, who is recovering after being struck by a fleeing suspect’s car in Immokalee on Aug. 9. Vickers said she makes quilts and gives them away to people who may need some comfort. Vickers said the quilt is her way of showing appreciation for Cpl. Raley’s service to the community. Thank you, Ms. Vickers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Join CCSO For 7th Annual Keewaydin Cleanup

Spend a day at the beach with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, Aug. 29.

That’s when the CCSO Marine Bureau will hold the seventh annual Keewaydin Cleanup.

Transportation will be provided by the sailing vessel Sweet Liberty, which will depart from Naples City Dock at 8:30 a.m. and return from the island around 12:30 p.m.

A second cleanup for the southern half of the island is also scheduled for this day and will launch out of Isles of Capri. Transportation to the island will be provided by the sailing vessel Calusa Spirit, which will depart from Pelican Bend restaurant on Isles of Capri at 8:30 a.m. and return from the island around 12:30 p.m.

Participants will enjoy this pristine stretch of coastline while doing their part to keep it clean.

Seats are limited to 35 aboard each vessel. To reserve a spot, send an e-mail to Include your name, telephone number of each participant and vessel preference.

Bottled water will be provided, but please bring your own sunscreen.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thank You, CCSO

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office often receives thank-you letters for the hard work and time deputies invest in making our community a safer and more enjoyable place to live. We would like to share this one.

On Thursday, August 6th my husband and I, along with our two young grandchildren were traveling through your wonderful county after visiting Everglades Holiday Park.  We had no idea there would be so few exits and gas stations on I 75! Our van gauge said we had 3 miles until empty and no gas station or exit in sight, so we parked under an underpass in the shade.  Our first assistance came from an FHP officer who stopped to check on us.  He said he would call for someone to bring gas to us and he left.  About 20 minutes later one of your deputies, Cpl. Jerrod Carver stopped to see if he could help.  What an outstanding gentleman!  The first call for gas had never been dispatched, so Officer Carver called it in again.  He then gave us water from his cooler and offered to sit and wait with us until help arrived.  We didn't need him to sit with us, but he took time to interact with the two grandchildren (much to their delight)!  He also gave us his card and said if help didn't come in 20 minutes to call him and he would call it in again. Roadside assistance arrived in about 15 minutes and we were on our way.  If all your deputies are as considerate and professional as Officer Carver, then you have a wonderful agency!

Dan and Debbie Hughes,
Putnam County, Florida