On July 5, 2005, George Smith IV vanished from aboard his honeymoon cruise in the Aegean Sea. His body was never recovered. Despite what authorities have said, his mother, Maureen Smith, remains certain her son’s death was not an accident. Maureen Smith recently appeared on CBS News’ 48 Hours, stating to the public that there is no doubt in her mind that her son was murdered on the cruise ship. Now, in a renewed effort to solve the nine year old case, the family of George Smith IV is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for their son’s disappearance and presumed death.
George Smith IV boarded the Royal Caribbean ship “Brilliance of the Sea” with his new bride, Jennifer Smith, that fateful July. What should have been a memorable honeymoon traveling in the waters between Greece and Turkey turned to tragedy when George vanished. According to reports filed in 2005, our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers read that George had been drinking heavily and gambling in the ship’s casino. A passenger reported hearing men arguing on Smith’s balcony. Another passenger heard furniture being moved around. Jennifer Smith was later found passed out in the hallway. A blood stain was found the next morning on a lifeboat canopy beneath the Smiths’ balcony.
As revealed by 48 Hours’ investigation into the case, several troubling aspects point to the possible involvement of the men that last saw George alive. A videotape shot by three men who saw Smith that night shows them commenting about him in a callous manner. One man then flashes a gang symbol and makes a statement that appears to perhaps be bragging about doing something to George.
The men in the video have denied any involvement in George’s death and stated they did not realize he had died when they made the video. For the family of George Smith, this video tape and some other troubling evidence including conflicting alibis leads them to believe something sinister occurred that night. The Smiths are hopeful that their new reward offer will lead to some answers in the tragic death of their son.
It is estimated that over 230 individuals have vanished off cruise ships since 1995, presumably falling, jumping, or being pushed overboard. For the families of these missing persons, there is little closure offered when so few bodies are uncovered and so many questions are left lingering. If your loved one has disappeared from a cruise ship, an experienced cruise line accident attorney can assist you in obtaining compensation from the cruise line responsible. While financial compensation will never bring your loved one back, it can provide you with justice and push the cruise industry to increase shipboard safety so that tragedies like George Smith’s do not occur again.
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