6200 block of St. Andrews Circle North
LEE COUNTY — Lee County authorities are trying to determine why a 61-year-old Fort Myers woman was living in a home with a skeleton, believed to be that of her missing elderly mother.
In early June, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was called to Gail Andrews’ home in the 6200 block of St. Andrews Circle North. When they arrived, they found Andrews living in "deplorable conditions," according to a report.
"When we got there, apparently it was an overwhelming smell coming from the home," Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Sheehan said. "There were rodents outside the home."
The Florida Department of Children and Families was called to the scene to assist Andrews.
In the meantime, Sheriff’s Office detectives initiated a follow-up investigation for the whereabouts of Andrews’ elderly mother. Over the weekend they found a skeleton, believed to be Andrews’ mother, inside the home, reports said. Because of the condition of the residence, the skeleton was not in plain view.
It will be weeks before the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office can identify the skeleton and determine a cause of death.
"Right now it’s hard to say how long the remains might have been there," Sheehan said. "At this point we don’t believe there is any type of foul play."
Lee County Code Enforcement, Health Department and Animal Services are assisting with the assessment of the home. Authorities put Andrews in touch with social service organizations.