Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz,
State's Attorney John Connelly,
Gov. Jodi Rell
Editor's Note: The Smolinski family initially pledged $10,000, which was supplemented by $50,000 from the state reward fund for a total of $60,000.
News Brief In Waterbury Republican-American, 4-1-08
Reward offered for information about fate of missing city man
Gov. M. Jodi Rell has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions in the case of a Waterbury man who has been missing for more than three years.
In August 2004, Billy Smolinski Jr. went missing from his Waterbury home, leaving behind his keys, wallet and dog. His family has criticized the response of Waterbury police, who are now assisted in the investigation by the FBI.
After a meeting with Smolinski’s family, State Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz asked Waterbury State’s Attorney John A. Connelly would write Rell requesting the reward.
“It is the opinion of the Waterbury Chief of Police, Neil O’Leary, that foul play is suspected in Mr. Smolinski’s disappearance and the case is now being treated as a homicide,” Connelly wrote.