FBI officials are reportedly reviewing the 2005 death of a Connecticut newlywed who disappeared on his honeymoon cruise.
George Allen Smith IV, 26, of Greenwich, was celebrating his marriage aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise when he vanished somewhere between Greece and Turkey on July 5, 2005. His body never has been recovered, NBCNewYork.com reports.
George Smith Sr. said Monday that relatives were elated that authorities are investigating the case again. Smith's mother said the search for answers has been an ongoing nightmare.
"The last eight years have been horrific actually," Maureen Smith told the website. "Not only losing our son, trying to find out what happened to him."
Royal Caribbean officials have said Smith’s disappearance followed a night of heavy drinking. His wife was found unconscious on a floor far from the couple’s cabin.
Smith’s relatives, however, believe he was murdered. Several pieces of evidence, including bloodstains in the cabin and loud sounds heard that night, indicate foul play, they claim.
An attorney for Smith’s family said video shot by four men who were last seen in Smith’s room is now with FBI investigators. At the end of the tape, one of the men flashes a gang sign and relatives are convinced one of those men know something about Smith’s death.