COLLIER COUNTY — Nearly three weeks after a 39-year-old mother was shot to death inside her Fiddler’s Creek condominium, investigators from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office have yet to say who they believe was responsible for the killing or explain what actually happened that morning.
That lack of communication concerns some residents of the gated East Naples community, where shots are more commonly whacked by golf clubs than fired by guns.
“I want to be sure there isn’t more to it; somebody shot somebody and is still wandering around,” said Reid Nodell, 71, who lives about six blocks away from where the shooting occurred. “The concern is it’s being hushed up.”
Sheriff’s Office officials still report that it “appears to be an accidental shooting,” but won’t say why they believe that. The investigation is “active and ongoing,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.
“We have no reason to believe that the residents in Fiddler’s Creek should have any concerns for their safety,” Batten said.
It was around 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 22, that Kelly Ann Rowles, a married mother of three, was shot in the head inside her home at 9288 Grassi Way, No. 103. Terrified neighbors struggled to keep Rowles alive until the first emergency responders arrived on scene about 13 minutes after the 911 call was made.
Other than that, the only information the Sheriff’s Office has released is that the gunshot wound to Rowles’ head was not self-inflicted. Several neighbors reported seeing a teenage boy in the back of a deputy’s car the morning of the shooting.
Attempts to reach Fiddler’s Creek security were unsuccessful. Peter Flightner, the director of sales at Fiddler’s Creek, said the only thing he knows about the shooting is what he’s read in the paper.
“I have nothing to add other than that police responded,” Flightner said. “As far as what we’re being told, it was an accidental shooting. As far as what transpired, I’m not sure we’ll ever know.”
Deputies canvassed the neighborhood the morning of the shooting to talk to neighbors, Batten said, adding that all investigations are different and take as long as necessary to complete. Nodell is looking for more.
“The friends I’ve talked to have said ‘Gee, I wonder why there’s not more on TV or in the paper,” Nodell said. “I would think they would want to, at least let the security guards in the Fiddler’s Creek area make a statement as to what really happened and put it to bed.”
Neighbors with questions about the shooting can call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau at (239) 793-9215.
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