Reward increased in 2008 homicide case

Posted July 30, 2010, at 12:27 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

WOODLAND, Maine — Barbara Smith of Woodland, whose late husband Darrel’s death remains an unsolved homicide, is again reminding area residents that the Darrel F. Smith Public Reward, created in hope of eliciting information regarding her husband’s death, stands at $14,587. Smith was discovered dead at his sawmill on Thomas Road in Woodland by his wife on Feb. 6, 2008. Smith would have turned 57 on Feb. 10, 2008.

This reward money, coupled with Mrs. Smith’s reward of $40,000, now totals $54,587.30. The sum will be given to anyone who supplies information regarding the homicide to investigating officers, resulting in the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the man’s death.

“With all of the homicides happening in The County and everywhere else, we [Smith’s family] thought this would be a good time to remind the public not to forget about Darrel’s murder, which occurred right here in Woodland — and that still remains unsolved,” said Smith.

“With all of the rumors and stories circulating around the community, someone must have pertinent information that could help move this case forward,” stated Smith’s widow. “Even if someone has information and they don’t think it is important, please, do not hesitate to contact the Maine State Police at 1-800-924-2261 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-638-TPS,” she added.

Any information reported regarding this homicide will be researched by the Maine State Police detectives.

The Darrel Smith Public Reward Fund Inc. provides a chance for private citizens or organizations to donate to a reward fund. All amounts donated are secured in an account at the Aroostook County Federal Savings and Loan Association in Caribou. If the reward money is not needed, all donations will be refunded.

As with the $40,000 reward, (established by the Smith family), this public reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this murder. This is a nonprofit corporation and donations are tax deductible.

Donations to the public reward fund may be mailed to Aroostook County Federal Savings and Loan Association, P.O. Box 808. Caribou 04736.

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