June 28, 2017

Reward increased for information in murder of North Fort Myers woman

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is now offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for murdering a beloved North Fort Myers woman last week.

Around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service at 3458 Hancock Bridge Parkway.  Upon their arrival, deputies discovered a woman’s body and immediately deemed her death as suspicious.  Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit responded and initiated a homicide investigation.  The victim was identified as 77 year old JoAnn Leasure.  Now, one week after her murder, the reward for information leading to an arrest has jumped to $2,000.  Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward and General Elevator Solutions, a local business whose employees knew Ms. Leasure, is offering an additional $1,000 reward.

“There has been an outpouring of sadness and disbelief in the days since Ms. Leasure was murdered,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “Her neighbors and members of her church family at Covenant Presbyterian are heartbroken at the loss of a friend who gave so much of her life to help others.  Everyone who knew her is maintaining hope and faith that justice will be swiftly served.”

Ms. Leasure was a teacher at the church’s Vacation Bible School and was also heavily involved in other areas at Covenant Presbyterian.

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for Leasure’s murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers and $1,000 from General Elevator Solutions.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

Note:  A photo of Ms. Leasure is attached to this release.