Sunday, July 15, 2001

Slain man's wife offers $10K reward

Police say investigation at standstill, tips needed

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — As the one-year anniversary of her husband's slaying passed without a suspect in custody, the widow of a slain Procter & Gamble scientist has posted a $10,000 reward.

        Posters about the reward, featuring a photo of the victim, George Gibson, and phone numbers for local police, are circulating throughout the area.

        Mr. Gibson, 47, was fatally shot in his two-story cedar home in the 7000 block of Tylersville Road. The family's two Burnese mountain dogs also were killed.

        “George, Hugo and Capella were shot and killed in their home in West Chester on June 22, 2000. We need your help,” a flier reads.

        West Chester Township Police Sgt. Matt Brillhart said their investigation is at a standstill.

        “We've pretty much done all we possibly can. We just need information that will give us a break in the case,” he said. “As time goes by it becomes more frustrating, but we're very hopeful this homicide will be solved.”

        Paige Smith, Mr. Gibson's widow, has declined to comment.

George Gibson was shot to death June 22, 2000.
        Sgt. Brillhart said investigators have collected physical evidence at the scene and “we just need a suspect to link to it.”

        Last fall, investigators revealed Mr. Gibson had used a telephone dating service; they think his death might be related to contacts he developed through the service.

        “Nobody knew about that part of his life, not even his wife, according to her,” Sgt. Brillhart said.

        Investigators are seeking anyone who might have met Mr. Gibson through such a service. They interrogated one woman, who has passed a lie-detector test, Sgt. Brillhart said.

        Investigators also have confirmed that Mr. Gibson's wife was in upstate New York, where the couple had formerly lived, at the time of her husband's slaying.

        “We know that she did not commit this murder,” Sgt. Brillhart said.

        Because of the multiple gunshots, investigators think “there was some rage involved,” and Mr. Gibson was targeted for a specific reason. However, “anybody who does this has the propensity to do this to someone else,” Sgt. Brillhart said.

        Anyone with information should call West Chester police, 759-7270, or Crime Stoppers (888) 352-3040.


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