Award increased in Smith murder case

Posted Sept. 15, 2009, at 1:35 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:41 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine – State Police announced Tuesday afternoon that the award being offered for information related to the Feb. 6, 2008 murder of Darrel Smith had increased to $40,000.

Smith, 56, was found shot to death in his shop at his residence on the Thomas Rd. in Woodland. The Smith family provided an initial reward in the amount of $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder. Today, the reward has been increased to $40,000, a record amount for any State Police case.

Police have recovered the murder weapon and a safe taken from the Smith residence on the day of the murder, as well as other evidence.

“We have made significant progress and we are close to the tipping point in this case,” State Police Detective Sgt. John Cote said Tuesday.

“If $40,000 isn’t enough to bring someone forward, I don’t know what will,” he added.

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