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  Name: Alex Teehee

Intentionally struck by a vehicle while walking down Sibley Bay Street in Port Charlotte, FL

North Port, FL | 2008-07-13

Cause of Death: Struck by Motor Vehicle

Case Data

Alex Teehee phoned Michael Sylvester in search of ecstasy on the evening of July 13th, 2008, he left a message on Sylvester’s answering machine. At this time, Sylvester was living with the Loosman family.

It is believed the message was first heard by Linda Loosman who angrily called Sylvester and her son Ralph Loosman to relay the message.

Sylvester called Nicole Copersino to see if Alex as trustworthy to “front” drugs. He then left a series of voicemails on Alex’s phone in retaliation for the original message intercepted by “his mom.” When they finally spoke, Sylvester agreed to meet Alex.

Alex had been staying with his friend, Richard Keefe (23002 Seneca Avenue, Charlotte Harbor, FL) for a short period of time. Keefe did not want Sylvester (a known dealer and gang member) in his home and told Alex to meet him somewhere else.

Frustrated, Sylvester agreed. He instructed Alex to meet him in a hotel parking lot a short distance away and told him to come along. Alex left the residence of Richard Keefe at approximately 10:45pm. In order to remain in touch with his friends, he kept Keefe on an open line on his cell phone; also at the house and listening was Heather Kicker.

At approximately 11pm, Michael “Cambo” Sylvester arrived with Ralph Loosman and Matthew Tricarico in Loosman’s blue 2001 Nissan Xterra SUV. Whether or not Alex entered the vehicle is unknown.

Shortly after the others arrived, Keefe and Kicker heard Alex say “whoa, whoa, where are we going?!?” Then the squeal of tires and the line went dead.

The vehicle rapidly accelerated from a parked position northbound on Sibley Bay Street, the driver (Loosman) lost control and they swerved uncontrollably near the intersection of Sibley Bay Street and Central Avenue then sped away.

A local resident, Cheri Lowe, spotted Alex lying in the road when returning from fishing nearby. She called 911 and remained on the line until authorities arrived.

Her roommate, William Widdon, also spoke to the 911 operator. He reported hearing an argument before spotting their vehicle. Shortly after, he heard the squeal of tires. He specifically tells the 911 operator the vehicle was a dark colored Xterra.

When Richard Keefe and Heather Kicker arrived on scene, the police gave Keefe Alex’s cellphone. The voicemails from Michael Sylvester were discovered shortly after.

Alex was a 20 year old father of two little boys (he had full custody of the kids, unusual for a guy…especially such a young one). He was walking down a street in Charlotte Harbor, FL, in July of 2008 when he was hit and left for dead. The investigation seems to indicate that this was NOT an accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol’s initial investigation says Teehee was likely hit on purpose when a car crossed the middle of the road making contact, it then made a u-turn, drove past Alex and left him to die. “Evidently there is enough evidence from witness statements that this was an intentional act.”

His father says they’ve even found threatening texts on his cell phone right before the crash. Tab Teehee says other witnesses have changed their story or are afraid to talk. “There are people who are involved with this that knew our son.”

The Teehees are offering a reward for information leading to their son’s killer. It stands to reason that someone must know something. It’s hard to believe in this little area, where gossip is everywhere, that no one has talked. Alex deserves justice. His parents deserve it. Most of all, his little boys deserve justice. They’re the ones who are now growing up without their dad.

Where is Michael Sylvester?

2013-02-20 07:48:46 - Posted By: Investigator

His initial statements were damning to Loosman and he vanished prior to the trial and is still missing - where is he hiding? Some speculate the Loosman family has hid him out of state - there are reports he has been in Arizona and California. Has anyone seen him recently?

2013-02-21 07:52:01 - Annonymous: What if Loosman killed him? After seeing that family on Dr. Phil I wouldn't put it past them to protect themselves. They're hiding something. When was the last time anyone has seen this guy? Maybe there's more blood on this kid's hands.

2013-02-26 11:31:17 - Annonymous: sadly, money talks, maybe a reward might sway the missing witnesses. despite trying to protect their son, how could rob's parents sleep knowing what they're doing

2013-02-27 09:03:01 - Annonymous: It gets much worth. Sounds like Rob's (who's real name is Ralph)sister is dating Michael Sylvester - this didn't come out on Dr. Phil but it explains why she was so protective. This whole family makes me sick.

2013-05-26 20:49:49 - Annonymous: This just aired in Australia! All I can say is that you could smell the guilt from cross the sea's, something is not right! I agree we an above post, it seems like the sister has or had a sexual relationship with MS, also I wouldn't put it past them if the disposed of the problem, so to speak! Little miss sister knows the truth, time for rob to give it up and spill the beans, he was extrely careful of his words, fear was amongst him! They know where MS is, what's odd though is why no one else knows, seems he's disappeared off the face of the planet..... I hope The Teehee family find justice, the truth always comes out! A Polygraph would be interesting, too bad it was refused! Goodluck and I look forward to seeing the murder charged one day!

2013-07-08 19:25:14 - Kiwi Observer: Yes just watched an episode here in NZ seems like Rob and his family are 100% guilty I have no doubt in my mind that Robs family are helping to cover up this mystery by hiding the dodgy criminal that is Michael Sylvester what a thug! Yuck! Disgusts me how they can live with themselves! Yes the truth will come out and they will all serve time in jail! C'mon justice prevail!!

2013-07-08 22:26:38 - Trixie: Just watched the programme too. How discusting in this day and age that there isn't some forensic proff to put "Rob/ Ralph" away without the testominy of MS. Made me mad!!!! New Zealand airing of Dr Phil programme

2014-02-24 20:23:50 - Annonymous: I just met someone who is close to Michaels Sylvester in southern California and he just went to jail for brutally abusing both his girlfriends so hopefully his justice will finally be served. I heard from a close friend of his that he did do the murder -hit&Run but got away with it because of lack of evidence and his family hid him well. even when Dr Phil went to their door the friend knew Michael was in the back of the house hiding. it's a very disgusting story and I couldn't keep it quiet but I want everyone to know he's probably going to serve 10 years hopefully more, which still isn't enough for a murder but his karma will keep biting him in the a** As he lives with his Doings! hope this will make some people feel good ...I'm so sorry for your loss with Alex he sounds like a wonderful boy

2014-04-11 01:46:09 - Annonymous: yep, hes in san diego county jail. now what?

2014-12-12 22:22:18 - John Henry3: If this family is really serious they should stop blaming the system period or it will never work for them. I feel their loss(it is all too close) and am deeply sorry for this injustice but take stock and get your online writing together. You cannot fight everyone, you lose and you have to make inroads, I do not any happening in what is posted, just rage, vengeance or injustice. Stop pointing fingers and start an investigation based on fact, interview witnesses, get the county on your side. Get a good lawyer/PI and fight to have the DA taken out over this politically, turn the tables on it all. I am just not sure if anyone(family) is capable enough or swift in this area to do so. Really feel for this terrible tragedy and have researched it but even get a good copy writer to re-do their supporting information and pleas is a first step, otherwise it is just trying to fight everyone it seems. Nobody is against them(for real) and the family deserves the truth.

2015-10-19 13:56:47 - Annonymous: The life of an addict that has committed murder must be filled with paranoia. Once again Loosman has stuck again, this time with an animal. Drugging and constantly abusing a small dog by injecting the dog with heroin and other drugs. Sadly the dog passed away of a drug overdose. This was a family member’s pet as well. I know these people and once again they have covered his ass! Accusing the dog of getting into the drugs himself, disgusting. Check out the website and look up a dog named Jackson. What a gorgeous looking young man that face is precious! If I were the Teehee’s I would reach out to the family of this murdered dog. I know they know a lot! RIP Jackson!!!

2015-10-19 13:56:53 - Annonymous: The life of an addict that has committed murder must be filled with paranoia. Once again Loosman has stuck again, this time with an animal. Drugging and constantly abusing a small dog by injecting the dog with heroin and other drugs. Sadly the dog passed away of a drug overdose. This was a family member’s pet as well. I know these people and once again they have covered his ass! Accusing the dog of getting into the drugs himself, disgusting. Check out the website and look up a dog named Jackson. What a gorgeous looking young man that face is precious! If I were the Teehee’s I would reach out to the family of this murdered dog. I know they know a lot! RIP Jackson!!!

2016-12-11 00:36:00 - investigator: CHERI LOWE WITNESS - FOUND ALEX'S BODY WHEN WALKING BACK TO HER HOME. SHE PHONED 911. CURRENT LOCATION: 22481 CENTRAL AVENUE, CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FL 33980 WILLIAM WHIDDON WITNESS - HEARD WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN ALEX AND SYLVESTER, HE THEN SAW LOOSMAN'S XTERRA AND WATCHED IT LEAVE AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. The girlfriend finds someone in the road and instead of calling 911 first, she call Whidden. Who would do that??? Why didn't the police investigate the couple? How did Whidden know who Tehee was arguing with? His story does not add up. The FHP completely botched this up. Whidden looks very suspicious and the girlfriend.

2017-04-08 06:24:26 - Annonymous: Get the story correct about Cheri Lowe please she should be thanked not be made to be apart of this murder there's not a day goes by that she thinks about this young man she never knew

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Where is Alex's clothing?

2011-09-25 10:49:11 - Posted By: Investigator

Alex's clothing was transported to the hospital with him, this is not normal protocol. The initial hospital informed the investigating officer that his clothing was transported to Lee Memorial. The hospital told Corporal Gissendanner they had his clothing but later they were unable to produce it.

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Do You Know Who Killed Me?

2011-07-24 12:40:27 - Posted By: Alex Teehee

Someone knows exactly what happened. What have you heard?

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Why hasn't Mason refiled charges against Looseman?

2011-07-24 10:20:22 - Posted By: Investigator

It's understandable that he would drop the initial case if key witnesses could not be located but as everyone now knows, one is in police care and the other is nearby. With both witnesses available, why hasn't Donald Mason refiled? Some believe he can't. We checked with a legal consultant who disagreed, "Looseman was never tried in this case so double-jeopardy would not apply. There is no 'legal' reason they can't press forward." This in mind, what is the REAL reason Looseman hasn't been charged and tried?

2013-02-19 07:44:55 - Annonymous: prob. because one of the three suspects has ties with law enforcement and like everyone in the world does they look after their own. Its a shame but thats what I believe. get off your corrupt asses and bring some to justice.

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Why was Alex Teehee Killed?

2011-07-24 10:15:13 - Posted By: Investigator

The vehicle was allegedly driven by Ralph Looseman with Michael Sylvester and Matt Tricarico either in the vehicle or nearby. Threatening messages left by Michael Sylvestor... Why did they want him dead? The reason has not been made clear.

2013-03-04 07:23:17 - Annonymous: Its possible that the police covered up the homicide to protect someone otherwise there would be justice. Where are the suuspects why arent they being questioned and why are they hiding? This family needs justice for their son and grandsons!!!!!!!!!!!

2014-05-23 13:47:19 - Misha: This is so sad. I can't believe the world still have so much injustice. This isn't right there has to be more that can be done. This is so unfair to Alex's family especially his boys whom he had custody of. I wish you all the luck in the world for justice for Alex and the boys. Your family is in my prayers

2016-10-07 15:04:35 - officer: Unfortunately, all the information posted by the "investigator" is incorrect. the case was botched from the beginning with the family getting involved from the get go. FHP should have investigated a hit and run, instead never informed the public of his death for weeks. valuable time was lost. FDLE forensics released the vehicle because there was no evidence. This young man's death was a hit and run, and unfortunately most hit and runs are not solved. The family of the deceased man continued their massive search for justice through media, signs etc. with dead ends, and no evidence, the State Attorney tried MANY times through a Grand Jury to get an indictment. After many attempts and many different theories, he managed to convince the grand jury, but with no evidence and really no witnesses, the case could not go to trial. Law enforcement knew this and there was no corruption because of family, etc. Pope needs to get out of the race for Sheriff. Associating himself with the public that there is corruption at the CCSO is bad blood.

2017-07-20 22:35:30 - Annonymous: Evidently this kid was doing something he shouldn't have been doing. It is a shame that such a young life is gone but that's what happens when you are doing things you shouldn't be doing. Now no one deserves this but don't make him out to be innocent that is insane.

2017-10-27 01:29:18 - The Guy From Wal-Mart: Obviously the Anon who posted the comment saying that Alex can’t be depicted as innocent obviously needs to follow the case a bit more. The boys killed him in an attempt to retaliate against him due to the trouble he got in from his parents. If Alex was out robbing people and got killed or something, yeah, he couldn’t really be depicted as innocent but the fact of the matter is that these boys thought and planned this out, not sure if you know but that’s pre meditated murder. But yeah I guess a kid asking where to get drugs is worse than a group of kids killing someone

2017-11-11 09:43:16 - Put a noose around Rob Loosman! : The Loosman family did nothing but make themselves look even more guilty and completely jackassy by going on the Dr. Phil show! The guilt, coverup, victimizing of "themselves" in this case was disgraceful and a joke! The Loosmans spent no time (or words) in proving their innocence, all Linda Loosman kept saying was "there's no proof, there's no evidence" instead of trying to at least muster up the proof or facts on THEIR end that their son had nothing to do with this tragic death. There was not 1 ounce of empathy, understanding or REMORSE for Alex's family. Again, not the reaction when you are, in fact, innocent! How would Linda Loosman's feel if this had happened to HER child? As a parent, how can SHE COVER UP a crime HER child blatantly commited and deny the Teehee family the justice and closure they deserve? There is no double jeopardy here as Rob Loosman was never tried for this murder. A good thing since it brings hope that if/when more physical evidence and witnesses can be brought into light, Rob Loosman CAN STILL BE TRIED! I've seen many cases where years go by and the guilty finally break down after having to hide, look over their shoulder and live with "themselves" for so long. My heart goes out to the Teehee family! Keep fighting and hold on to hope that justice will be found for your family! - xox -

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