Thursday, May 15, 2008

Reporting In The Field: TEAM SMOLINSKI

Billy Smolinski Web Site

Thursday, 5/15/08, 4:17 AM

We would like to recognize the outstanding research done by five college students.

The end of March, I was given the opportunity to speak at a couple of colleges in CT, The classes were taught by professor Andy Thibault. Human Interest {Feature} Writing,and News Writing, Five students in Andy's Human Interest Class decided to research Billy's case and on April 29, 2008 invited Bill and I to class and witness the presentation they prepared in the front of the classes.

Their work was extraodinary, one of the people they interviewed was Todd Lovejoy, a private Investigator actively working on Billy's case. Included in their interview was Mary Ellen Noble, Billy's previous girlfriend of eight years and whom we believe may have been our daughter in law to complete our family. Mary will always hold a special place in our hearts and will always be part of our family.

The names of the students who put hours of dedicated time into their work are as follows: Bianca Lucchesi, Rachel Davenport, Dane Noeding, Ben Modos, Jason Weber they call their team "TEAM SMOLINSKI" the students even prepared a poster board to illustrate their findings and they presented it to us after they reported to both classes. Words can't even express the emotions we had on the day we witnessed their achievements. Thank you ANDY, SMOLINSKI TEAM, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR TODD LOVEJOY, & MARY ELLEN for caring, taking the time to help get justice4billy. It is like a roller coaster of emotions on a daily basis but good does come out of bad and this is a prime example of caring human compassion.


  • Link To Smolinski Guest Book

  • Smolinski case, ongoing, Waterbury:

  • Link To Major Development

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  • CBS Without A Trace

  • Friday, Sept. 14, 2007


    We first told you about Billy Smolinski a year ago. He disappeared from his Waterbury, Conn. home in August, 2004 after breaking up with his girlfriend.

    CBS News Correspondent Bianca Solorzano got an update from investigators, and the missing man's family.

    Smolinsksi was 31 when he vanished.

    He had just returned from a trip to Florida with his girlfriend. The next night, he told his sister that his girlfriend was having an affair with a local politician. They argued and broke up.

    Smolinski's sister, Paula Bell recalls that, "I said, 'Well, what are you going to do" And he just said, 'What am I going to do?'"

    Authorities say Smolinski was last seen at his home. His next-door neighbor says he asked him to watch his dog for a few days, because he was headed north to look at a car he wanted to buy. His truck was found in his driveway, his keys and wallet were under his front seat.

    That, says Solorzano, is where Smolinski's trail ends.

    The FBI calls it a difficult case.

    "Essentially," says Special Agent Bill Aldenberg, "the man just disappeared off the face of the Earth."

    He says there's been no sign of Smolinski but, "There are suspects, based on tips and based on interviews and based on investigations that we've conducted."

    The bureau was tipped off and, in the spring, searched in Shelton, about 20 miles from Waterbury. Agensts looked for evidence near several homes, dug up a driveway, and also searched near a river, but found nothing.

    The Smolinskis, Solorzano points out, have never stopped searching.

    They posted thousands of missing person flyers but, in a strange twist, found Smolinski's ex-girlfriend tearing them down.

    At the time, local police say, she was not a suspect.

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