ROSS COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) October 16 is a heart-wrenching day for 89-year-old Harry Smith’s family.
This is the day Smith’s body was found by his granddaughter, bound and beaten in his double wide mobile home exactly four years ago.
“It is a sad day, and angry day,” said Andrea Smith. She is married to Harry’s grandson Gary. “We are very dissatisfied that these people are still walking the streets.”
For eight months after Smith’s death, the Ross County Sheriff’s Office said there was no foul play and Smith’s family said detectives told them his death was a suicide. Smith’s family spent a large amount of money on a private investigator who gave more evidence to authorities, and the case was ruled a homicide. The Ross County Coroner ruled Smith died of blunt force trauma.
“He was beaten on his stomach, his arms, his legs, had a fractured skull, black eyes, was also beaten in the face, to think why was this so hard,” Andrea Smith said.
NBC4 asked her about the recent disappearances and deaths of area women. Ross County investigations have been under a microscope for at least the last for years including Smith and those women.
“How many bodies do we have to stacked up before someone says why aren’t these being solved?” she said.
The Smith family said they are in limbo and there is no closure until Harry’s murderer or murderers have been convicted.
For now the reward for his killers is at $13,250. Anyone with information in his death can call the Ross County Sheriff’s Office at 740-773-1186 or the Ohio Attorney’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-224-6446.
The sheriff’s office has not yet responded to requests for comment.