Husband of slain Fla. woman plans to sue
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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The husband of a 21-year-old mother who was kidnapped, raped and killed plans to sue a sheriff's office over how it handled a witness's 911 call about her disappearance.
Nathan Lee blames Charlotte County sheriff's officials for not saving Denise Lee, whose body was found buried in a wooded area on Jan. 19, two days after she was abducted from her home in neighboring Sarasota County. Michael King was charged with killing her.
Nathan Lee claims the agency failed to dispatch a deputy to respond to an emergency call from motorist Jane Kowalski, who called 911 on her cell phone.
Giving a precise location and a description of the car, Kowalski thought she might be witnessing a child abduction when she saw someone inside another car screaming and banging on the window. She was actually describing Lee with her alleged captor.
Three other 911 calls regarding the abduction, one from Denise Lee herself, were routed to the Sarasota County emergency center and deputies from that county were already searching for a green Camaro.
But Kowalski's call gave details on its location and direction of travel, and Charlotte County authorities did not dispatch a deputy. Coincidentally, Denise Lee's father is a Charlotte County sheriff's sergeant.
You find out that MULTIPLE people call 911 in regards to your loved one's abduction, only for the ONE call that could have saved her to be routed to the ONE 911 operator who didn't take it seriously. @_@
This man ought to win every penny he can and I can only hope that it quells some portion of the intense rage he must feel.