Case file reveals query raised local temperatures

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

“No plausible answer was given” when the FWC officials asked why the issues had not been raised previously in order to provide the agency an opportunity to correct the problem.

The investigator wrote that he mentioned to Butler and Hammond that it seemed strange to have the request to remove equipment come just days after the agency initiated its investigation into the gator-taking allegations.

Butler and Hammond said the investigation had nothing to do with it and referred to the 2010 letter.

Tip leads to investigation

That county employees were involved with the gator taking came from the initial anonymous tip to the FWC about the incident.

Jenkins, McLemore and Novak were identified by the tipster.

Jenkins was approached by investigators who believed, according to the case file, that she might have more information as she was identified as having filmed the taking of two gators on Lake Wimico.

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