Authorities confident suspect will be arrested

— Lee County authorities say they are confident they will arrest a suspect in connection with the Tuesday deaths of a Fort Myers couple.

Michelle and Steven Andrews

Courtesy of KSTP-TV

Michelle and Steven Andrews

Steven and Michelle Andrews, both 28, were found dead in their Eagle Pointe Circle home in Gateway shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. Police were called to the home following a 911 call by the couple's 2-year-old son, Luke, said sheriff's spokeswoman Ileana LiMarzi. Sheriff's officials said they are treating the case as a double homicide.

Major Jeff Taylor of the Lee County Sheriff Office's violent crimes unit, said detectives have been hard at work on the case for three days, and he believes an arrest will be made.

"I am confident that we are not going to let this guy get away," Taylor said.

Investigators spent much of Thursday going over evidence and interviewing people who knew the couple, and those who lived in the Gateway community. There is a great deal of forensics evidence involved in the case, Taylor said. Much of that evidence is being tested at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's lab in Tampa.

Taylor said he could not comment on who specifically was being questioned, nor would he say if investigators believed the suspect knew the couple.

"We're not releasing that information," Taylor said. "I want the suspect to relay exactly what transpired without (influence from ) media reports.

"If you disregard the drug-related offences, in homicide cases, there is a very high likelihood that there is some connection from the victim to the assailant," Taylor said.

Autopsy results were available Thursday, but authorities were not releasing them to the media, LiMarzi said in a statement.

"We will not be releasing the cause of death as previously thought. This decision has been made due to the fact that releasing this information could hinder the investigation," LiMarzi wrote.

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