48 Hours Mystery: Love Lost
Although the four young men recall it was Lloyd who followed Jennifer out, Royal Caribbean says it was actually someone from the bar staff who escorted her out.
"He helped her to the elevator, got her to the ninth deck. She said she was OK," says McCrary. "Then this crewmember went back about their duties."
But an hour later, when the other crew member found Jennifer slumped over, she was not OK. "They got a wheelchair for Jennifer because she really had trouble walking. So they wheeled her back to the cabin," McCrary explains.
By now, it was 4:57 a.m.
Asked what the crew members saw when they returned Jennifer to her cabin, McCrary says all they saw was an empty cabin. "No one is there. Nothing is amiss. It looks like a normal cabin, nothing out of the ordinary. They left her in the clothes that she was in, laid her on the bed. She said she was OK and they departed."
What may be of some significance though is what crew members observed about the balcony doors. McCrary says the crew noticed that the balcony doors were closed and the curtains drawn.
It was just a half-hour earlier that neighbors had heard that thud, so if George had gone out on the balcony on his own, would he have taken the time to close the door and curtains behind him or did someone else bring him out there and then shut everything on the way out?
At 8:30 a.m., Jennifer headed to the spa for a massage appointment. "She told the masseuse she was hung over. She gave no indication to anyone that anything was wrong or out of the ordinary," says McCrary.
She was an hour and half early and still wearing her clothes from the night before. There was no sign of George.
"She did not act like a person who had woken up in the middle of a death fight crime scene," says Bryan Burrough. "The last thing, frankly, if you wake up in bed in the morning, after a bad night, and your spouse or significant other is not next to you, the last thing you think is foul play."
But had Jennifer looked out her balcony that morning she might have seen the blood stain.
"When she's going to the spa is about exactly the same time that the crew is being notified that there's a potential blood stain on a canopy," says McCrary.
The crew looked for - but couldn't find - George; Jennifer was finally located in the spa and, according to Royal Caribbean, had an explanation for where George might be.
"She had told them he had spent the night elsewhere before in the cruise as well. So she wasn't especially concerned that he wasn't in the cabin," says McCrary.
Asked if anyone found this unusual, McCrary said, "Well it's a judgment call but it's certainly, I think, seems unusual."
Jennifer adamantly denies saying any such thing to Royal Caribbean but the public scrutiny was tough.
It's been difficult for Jennifer Hagel Smith to defend herself. She says she cannot remember much from that evening and what she can recall, the FBI has asked her not to discuss. Either way, her attorney says she has nothing to hide.
"She has been given a polygraph test and she passed that test without any hint of deception. She passed it with flying colors," the attorney told reporters.
Jennifer declined 48 Hours' requests for an interview. The FBI has not named her, or anyone else, as a suspect.
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