48 Hours Mystery: Love Lost
"One has to accept Jennifer's explanation of a blackout because, frankly, there's no alternative," says writer Bryan Burrough. "Is it remotely possible or conceivable that someone drugged her? Well, yes."
Jennifer Smith and her family have hired renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee to search for further evidence.
"So the FBI collected a hair sample for Jennifer Hagel Smith and there would still be evidence if she was drugged that night?" Storm asks.
"Maybe," Lee replies. "Depends on what type of drug. Certain date rape drugs will show up."
The FBI has not released those test results yet.
"Is there anything significant in terms of who was staying in that hallway, besides there was a crew room. Anything else significant?" Storm asks Gregg McCrary.
"One of the boys' cabins was just several doors down from where she was located," he replies. "Josh Askin's is just, I think, about five doors down — very close to where she was found. Whether that's coincidence, whether there's something more to it, is just unclear."
Dr. Askin thinks the notion that there might be a connection between Josh's cabin and Jennifer's location is "absolute rubbish." "Josh was with George Smith. He didn't know where the wife was. Nor did anybody else."
Except perhaps Lloyd Botha, according to Josh's attorney, Keith Greer. He says Lloyd left the disco with Jennifer and entered his room, according to the ship.
"And we don't know if he entered that room alone or with anyone else. Impossible to tell?" Storm asks.
"For you and me," Greer replies.
Like everyone else in this case, Botha hired a lawyer, Andrew Rier.
"The first rule when the finger is pointing at you is, can you create a scenario where it can point at somebody else? And that's exactly what's happening," says Rier. "Any stories that are being told about Lloyd Botha doing anything inappropriate are stories of fiction."
Rier claims there are ship records to prove that Lloyd did not leave the disco with Jennifer. "The timeline at 3:20 puts Botha in his room and the Smiths are still upstairs in the disco along with these Russian gentlemen," he explains.
Royal Caribbean confirms this but has refused to make those records public.
"They've only done things to try and point fingers at everybody else and protect their crew and their boat. And being very public with anything that they felt might help them in any way," says Keith Greer.
But Rier disagrees. "It's my understanding that attorneys for some of these other gentlemen seem to imply something untoward about my client. And Lloyd said 'No problem. Anybody wants to speak to me, they can come speak to me.' So we went to the FBI. He took a polygraph examination. And by the time we left the FBI, if Lloyd ever, for a moment, was a person of interest, I can categorically state that he no longer was when he left."
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