Thursday, February 01, 2001

Police fresh out of leads in West Chester slaying

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — There was only one slaying in this Butler County community last year, but the mystery surrounding that killing lingers into 2001.

        The brutal shooting death of Procter & Gamble Co. scientist George Gibson in his Tylersville Road home has township police investigators stymied, but not defeated.

        “We have exhausted our primary leads,” Acting Police Chief John Bruce said Wednesday.

        “But it still remains a No.1 priority with our police department.”

        Chief Bruce said he was pleased to learn this week that Mr. Gibson's widow, Paige Smith, is considering offering a cash reward to anyone with information about the June 22 slaying.

        Ms. Smith was in upstate New York at the time the 47-year-old Mr. Gibson was shot seven times in their home.

        She has cooperated with the investigation, through her attorney, Chief Bruce said.

        He did not have any details regarding how much money Ms. Smith might be considering offering as a reward.

        Both Ms. Smith and her attorney were unavailable to comment.

        The violent nature of the shooting, and evidence from the home and Mr. Gibson's computer have prompted police to enlist the aid of specialists from the FBI's behavioral science unit.

        Police also are trying to find anyone who might have met or seen Mr. Gibson hours before he was shot.

        Police said he had used a local phone dating service to speak with, and meet, some women.

        Police are trying to determine Mr. Gibson's whereabouts after he left work June 22. Police discovered his body at his home the next day.

        “It's far from hopeless,” Chief Bruce said.

        “We are committed to aggressively following up on any leads or tips.”

       Anyone with information can call West Chester Township police at 759-7272.


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