Thursday, November 09, 2000

Slain man talked on dating service

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Police investigating the shooting death of a Procter & Gamble scientist turned to the public for help Wednesday as they expand their search for anyone who spoke with him through a phone dating service.

        West Chester Township Police investigators are trying to find anyone who might have met or seen George Gibson hours before he was shot seven times in his Tylersville Road home.

        “We're hoping they have information that could help us,” said Acting Police Chief John Bruce.

        “He made contact with women over the phone and we don't know where he was for two hours after he left work the day he was killed,” Chief Bruce said.

        The police investigation shows that Mr. Gibson had conversations with at least two women on a dating phone line that allows party line conversations for people wanting to talk or meet with others.

        There is also evidence that he met one woman at various locations around the Tristate, but the woman is not a suspect, police said.

        The 47-year-old P&G scientist was found dead on June 23 in his Butler County home while his wife, Paige Smith, was in upstate New York. Their two pet Bernese mountain dogs also had been shot to death.

        West Chester Police Sgt. David Tiven said investigators want to talk to anyone who might have used the phone party line service to speak with Mr. Gibson before his death.

        “We're looking at all different avenues. We want to know if he was going to meet with someone the day (June 22) he was killed,” he said.

        Evidence taken from the home — including Mr. Gibson's home computer — has been examined by investigators and specialists from the FBI's behavioral science unit.

        “No one has been ruled out as a suspect,” Sgt. Tiven said.

        West Chester Police ask that anyone with information call (513) 759-7272.


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