In the summer of 2005, the recently married Jennifer Hagel Smith was informed
her husband, George Smith, was missing. They were on their honeymoon trip,
a Royal Caribbean cruise in the Aegean Sea. The night before, both Jennifer
and George were enjoying themselves on the ship casino, drinking and gambling
until it closed. The next morning, 16-year-old Emilie Rausch discovered
a bloodstain on the lifeboat canopy. George was partying the night before
with three other men, who later became suspects in the investigation.
Jennifer, too, was under suspicion for the disappearance of her husband,
though she claimed to have no memory of the night before. She was found
at 4:30 in the morning passed out in the hallway, a blackout that could
explain her memory loss.
George’s parents brought in Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, LLC’s
Michael Jones to help them investigate the case and to see if he could
provide more answers. He immediately got to work perusing the ship documents
and interviewing the 4 men last seen with George. Two of them plead the 5th, one had a foggy memory of the events, and the last was serving prison
time in Florida for trafficking. The man in prison, Greg Rozenberg, was
the most forthcoming out of any of the suspects. All of the men claimed
to have ordered room service at the time of George’s disappearance,
but the timeline of the events is still suspicious. They were the ones
who supposedly put him to bed before going back to one of their rooms
and ordering room service. However, neighbors of George heard a loud commotion
in his cabin around that time, and the ship made no record of a large
room service order by the 4 suspects.
Mr. Jones continually worked on the case, especially once he noticed the
FBI were starting to regard it as a cold case. Nine years later, and the
case was slowing down significantly. With further video evidence of the
4 men callously joking about George’s death, Mr. Jones believed
there was sufficient proof to indicate what happened. He eventually met
with the FBI in New York to try and persuade them to take over the case.
He hoped that with their size and resources, they would be better able
to investigate the case. However, the case remained in the hands of the
Connecticut office, who later decided to close its investigation in 2015
after coming to the conclusion that there was insufficient evidence of
murder. George’s family has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading
directly to and arrest and conviction in the case. However, there have
been no new developments.
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