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Homicide roils quiet Cape Coral

Wife dead, husband in hospital, few details released.

Jan. 14, 2013
Homicide in Cape Coral
Homicide in Cape Coral: Site of homicide in Cape Coral. Video by Michael Braun
Cape Coral police are investigating a homicide at 309 NE 18th Avenue after a woman was found dead inside the home. / Mike Braun/

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Cape Coral police are treating the death of a woman found Sunday in her home as a homicide.

Police were called to 309 NE 18th Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. to check on Porfirio and Anna Rivera. Officers responded after receiving a call from a concerned person to check on the couple’s welfare.

They found Anna Rivera, 45, dead and her husband with non life-threatening injuries.

Porfiro Rivera, 50, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and remained there in good condition Monday. Cape police said he will be interviewed by detectives after treatment.

One resident of the neighborhood said he returned home from church with his wife on Sunday to find neighbors standing in his yard and police with guns drawn in a adjacent lot.

The east Cape neighborhood, dotted with for sale signs and some vacant homes, is a normally quiet area said Jorge Ramirez of 326 NE 18th Avenue.

“I was coming home from church and I saw all these people in my yard, and I thought somebody stole my house,” he said Monday afternoon.

Ramirez said he and his wife then saw Cape Coral police officers watching the Rivera house, some with service revolvers drawn and another officer, prone in a nearby vacant yard, pointing a rifle at the home.

Ramirez said he and his wife have lived in the neighborhood for seven years, but he doesn’t know the Riveras.

“It’s now a very quiet place. No problems,” he said. “A couple years ago one of the houses here was rented out and became a drug house. But that’s gone now.”

Monday afternoon the Rivera home stood empty and encircled by yellow crime tape, the front door open and a Cape Coral police car parked out front. In the backyard, cement blocks from a small wall around a screened lanai were knocked over and strewn around the yard.

Cape police declined to release information on how Rivera died or specifics about her husband’s injuries.

They said the neighborhood is safe and no suspects are "at large" or being sought.

Lee County Court records show Porfirio Rivera has been arrested three times for domestic battery. He was arrested in July of 1997, November 2002 and November 2007. There was no information for the first arrest and the others were not processed, according to records.

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