Friday, October 13, 2006

Smolinski Family Relieved That FBI Is Involved

Lost Faith In Waterbury PD

By John Murray
Waterbury Observer
October 2006


In January 2005, four months after Billy Smolinski disappeared, his family
contacted FBI offices in New Haven. Deeply dissatisfied at the efforts of the
Waterbury Police Department, Jan and Bill Smolinski reached out for federal
assistance in trying to unravel the mystery of what happened to their 31 year old
son.

The family knew Billy had been involved in a love triangle, and that his male rival
was an elected official in Woodbridge. The family also knew that Billy had left a
threatening phone message on the politician’s answering machine on the day he
disappeared.

Inexplicable and mysterious circumstances swirled around the case, yet the
Smolinskis couldn’t get Waterbury detectives to take Billy’s disappearance
seriously. A Waterbury police officer told the Observer in March 2006 that Billy was
probably having a beer somewhere in Europe. Comments like that infuriated the
Smolinski family. They are convinced Billy is dead, yet the Waterbury police
continued to state they suspected no foul play in Billy’s disappearance.
Jan Smolinski’s first attempt to get the FBI involved went nowhere, but she is
determined to find out what happened to her son, and she called back a second
and third time.

“The fourth time I called the woman was very nice to me, but she sternly told me
that the FBI was dealing with Homeland Security, and didn’t get involved in missing
person cases,” Jan Smolinski said. “I was told to deal with my local police
department.”

But when she discovered that the Waterbury Police Department had lost three
DNA samples in the case, Jan Smolinski called FBI Headquarters in Virginia. She
received assurances that if state officials didn’t provide help in getting DNA
samples into regional and national data banks, that the FBI would help.

Attempts to get help from state officials was rebuffed with the all too familiar,
and frustrating, “you have to deal with your local police.”

Finally, back in July, the Smolinskis went down to FBI offices in New Haven to give
DNA samples. While they were there they left behind long feature articles that had
been published in the Waterbury Observer detailing the bizarre circumstances
surrounding Billy’s disappearance, and the sluggish investigation by Waterbury
detectives. The police work in the case was so sloppy that it was either a bungled
investigation, or perhaps there was a connection between Woodbridge and
Waterbury.

At the end of the visit the Smolinskis were informed that the articles would be
passed along to an agent. The family said they were told that they wouldn’t know if
an agent was actively investigating the case or not. They said they were told the FBI likes to work quietly.

Weeks later, on July 28th, Andy Thibault requested information regarding the
case from the Waterbury Police Department. His request was denied. But Thibault,
an experienced investigative journalist, and a former Freedom of Information (FOI)
commissioner, was keen enough to petition for a hearing in Hartford that jammed
a spotlight on the efforts of the Waterbury police. The department was forced to
release information about the love triangle, or prove that they were conducting an
active investigation.

That same day, the Waterbury police sent a letter to the FBI requesting help in
the case.

In the FOI hearing the police produced a copy of the letter to the FBI as proof
that they were still investigating the case. The FOI was unconvinced, and has asked
the police to produce a file containing information about the love triangle.

It was at the hearing that it first became public knowledge that the Waterbury PD
was asking the FBI for help. But some are already questioning the motives of the
Waterbury PD. There appears to be solid indicators that the FBI was already
investigating the case before Waterbury PD sent the letter.

The Smolinskis had met with the FBI weeks before the letter was sent.

“The Waterbury police are taking a bow for calling in the FBI,” Jan Smolinski said,
“but if they had investigated this case like they should have from the very
beginning we might already have our answers.”

After the FOI hearing the news that the FBI was being called onto the case spread
across the state. The Hartford Courant did a story, the Republican-American,
Channel 8 news, Channel 3 and Channel 61 all did pieces. Then USA Today ran a
small piece that circulated around the country, and across the world. CBS News
called the Smolinskis.

“All of a sudden there is a media frenzy,” Jan Smolinski said. “And it’s because
the FBI is involved. We’ve been crying for help for two years and almost everybody
has pushed us aside. Having the FBI take a look at Billy’s case is a breath of fresh
air. Maybe they are the answer to the chaos we’ve been dealing with.”

Background in archives includes:

WATERBURY PD DELIVERS SMOLINSKI MISSING PERSON LOVE TRIANGLE FILE TO FOI COMMISSION
Oct. 6, 2006

8 comments:

Dawn said...

Another great sotry from John @ the Observer!It is so important to keep this story in the Public eye! The person or persons who had something to with the disappearence of Billy need to know that this story is not going away. He has a lot of Family and Friends who want to know where he is!! If you know anything no matter how smal please call the Waterbury Police.

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic news for the Smolinski Family. I tip my hat to the Media, Newspapers and their Editor's. Job well done. This Family couldn't make it this far without your help and compassion.

I read somewhere a few weeks ago about a certain someone handed in their resignation...How odd it that.
I also came across a site for Billy/ezboard...one of the postings caught my eye. A certain somebody's son exposed his identity/name and claims he works for Homeland Security, and for one of the riches man in the country. Now, explain how does one, who claims he crawled out from under a rock/meaning his family homestead. Get's a high profile job...Unless he knows people in high places. I Hope to God this guy isn't involved and working on this case also.
This story is getting bigger and bigger everyday.
Whoever is involved in Billy Smolinski's dissapearance.
Remember this, don't ever stop to think your untouchable. People that are involved in wrong doings, no matter what the case may be....Your bound to get caught sooner or later.

Miracles work in mysterious ways.
Billy you are in our Prays.
Time for you to come home. Your Family misses you.

Anonymous said...

I to tip my hat to the media for a job well done. Maybe someday we will find out WHY the police department DID NOT do theres.I am so happy for Billy's family and I tip my hat to them as well for not giveing up.I heard someone say something I shouldn't post but will, the meaning of FBI-Full Brain Intelligence and the meaning of PD-Pure Dopes.
Take Care and God Bless

Haley said...

It's a Gr8t day for the Smolinski Family. I'm just happy that now the 2 heads the FBI & PD can come 2gether, and figure this mess out. They need to go back to the beginning and start all over again. I have confidence, more so now. Like Billy's mom said when thee FBI latches on. They don't let go. And i also agree with the last 2 comments. Job well done.
Now, that's momma & pappa taken care of their own>>>>>>Tippin my Hat to you both<<<<<<<

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!!!! Finally The FBI is involved in Billy's Case!!!! Thanks FBI and Thanks John and Andy and also the MANY Others who continue to strive to their one major goal!!!! WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED TO BILLY ON AUGUST 24,2004???

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