48 Hours Mystery: Love Lost
Nine months have passed since George Smith vanished into the sea. Still the FBI investigation continues, with no clear answer whether it was an accident or murder.
"I just feel that somebody committed this crime and I want them brought to justice. I don't think they should be walking around out there while my son is dead at the bottom of the sea," says George Smith.
The Smiths are unshakable in their belief. How else to explain the reports of arguing, furniture moving, the blood in the room.
"It was murder. It's clear in my mind that it was murder," says Bree.
48 Hours has confirmed that a small amount of blood was found on a towel, the bedding and possibly on the rug. The FBI has not said whose blood it is.
"It isn't like there was blood all over the room," says Gregg McCrary.
McCrary says blood doesn't necessarily equal murder. "In a crime scene where someone is beaten, you look for cast-off blood and spatter blood, and blood in motion, and all. There was none of that — at the scene."
But Dr. Henry Lee, the forensic scientist hired by Jennifer's family, says he has found evidence out on the balcony that other investigators may have missed.
Dr. Lee says he found biological evidence.
Asked what falls into that category, Dr. Lee says, "Biological evidence basically involve blood, serum and bodily fluid. But those evidence I cannot discuss right now because this is an active investigation."
Despite a provocative case for foul play, Bryan Burrough thinks George's death was more likely an accident.
"George Smith, like a lot of young American men, enjoyed a cigar. In fact, the smell of cigar smoke had been smelled wafting from his balcony before," says Burrough. "One possible scenario is that George was left alone in his room, wasn't ready to go to bed until his wife came home. Went looking for that last cigar. Went outside. Moving a piece of furniture, a chair up to the railing, and sat on the railing, while he smoked a cigar. He was very, very drunk. It's at least conceivable that he fell overboard while smoking a cigar."
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