Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Smolinski was last seen on August 24, 2004 by his neighbor in Waterbury, Connecticut around 3:30 or 3:45 p.m. Billy had been upset after arguing with his girlfriend. He reportedly went to his neighbor's house and told the neighbor he needed them to care for the dog because he would be gone for three days and asked them to feed the dog who was locked inside the home. The neighbor said Billy never returned with the keys to his house so they could care for the dog and has not been heard from since.
Smolinski deposited most of his paycheck on August 23, 2004. There has been no
activity on his bank accounts.
Billy's keys and wallet were left inside his truck which was also left behind.
The girlfriend admitted to tearing down Smolinski's missing person posters.
A close friend of the woman's son, who died in February 2005, said that the son choked Smolinski to death at the woman's apartment. The body was buried at a construction site in Shelton; the grave site was covered with concrete the following day.
The woman told the police that Smolinski "was an outdoorsman and loved to hike in the woods, and he knew how to survive in the woods."
The investigation was taken over by the FBI in August 2006. In May 2007, police and FBI agents dug behind a home on Fort Hill Avenue in Waterbury after a private investigator uncovered a tip in the police file. The tip stated that Billy was murdered and buried on the property; however, the search did not uncover any evidence that he was located there. Additional searches were performed on other yards in the area, as well as underneath the Route 8 overpass near Wharf Street.
There is now a $60, 000 reward for Billy's return or recovery.
Billy's family ask that you please visit his site, Billy's Guiding Light of Hope to print a few posters and put them up in your area.
Waterbury Chief of Police has said he suspects foul play and Smolinski's disappearance and the case is now being treated as a homicide.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Waterbury Police Department
New Haven Connecticut FBI
S.A. William Aldenberg
Justice 4 Billy
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Orange Bulletin 4/19/07
The Connecticut Post - 5/8/07
The New Haven Register - 5/8/07