Few answers in Aiken teacher death

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock; May 20, 2008

AIKEN, S.C. --- New test results could give Aiken investigators some new clues into the death of mother and teacher Ann Smith. She was found dead in her house about a month ago. Now, investigators might be getting a little closer to solving the problem.

Almost a month ago, Ann Smith's friends and co-workers made a gruesome discovery, Smith's body in her house. Still today, few answers are out there and there is no suspects named. But, no one is cleared as a suspect, not even her own family.

All's quiet now, not a sound at Smith's house on Whitney Drive in Aiken. But just about a month ago, Gerald Reiter found out his neighbor Ann Smith dead, stabbed to death in her own home.

"I knew her son and I think it would be awfully frustrating to him. If that was my mother was murdered, I would like to find someone," says Gerald.

That's the problem investigators are having.

"There is no one that has been cleared. Everyone is a suspect at this point," says Capt. Wendell Hall with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Everyone, including Ann's estranged husband and 3 kids.

"Were not at a point where we're willing to say we're going to hold someone responsible and this is the person," says Capt. Hall.

Gerald's not worried for his safety, though. There is no suspect, which is frustrating, but not a cause for concern.

"I just didn't figure there was some killer roaming around," says Gerald.

Investigators are keeping quiet for now, but they confirm to News 12 late Tuesday afternoon, they do not believe this is the work of a serial killer. They cannot confirm, but neighbors do tell News 12, police told them they think the person who murdered Smith might have known her.

"Most people like to feel safe and comfortable in their homes and we think people can in that neighborhood," says Capt. Hall.

"I wasn't frightened, ever worried about it that it might happen to me or my wife," says Gerald.

Captain Hall worked in Investigations for 17 years and understands people want answers.

"You really want to see them all solved in an hour, but that's not realistic. And, they're not going to be and this is one of those cases," says Capt. Hall.

So, Investigators are asking for your patience in this case. They tell News 12 they are working on it everyday. So, they will just have to wait for more of those tests to come back from the state and maybe soon we'll know who did in fact kill Ann Smith.


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