PORT ARTHUR —
“I don’t want to be responsible for putting an innocent person in prison,” Gaspard said regarding law enforcement’s reason for keeping specific details of the crime under wraps.
Police believe the Guillory’s murder occurred at Budget Inn, 2465 North St., in Vidor but declined to release further details about the actual homicide.
Guillory, he added, was reportedly a prostitute in the city of Orange.
Det. Mickey Sterling said there was physical evidence to show Guillory had been in the water for less than 24 hours and there was evidence of foul play. Her body, Clark added, was in “extremely good condition considering it had been in the water about 24 hours.”
Through numerous interviews and tips pouring in police learned Smith paid for a plane ticket to the Netherlands on Dec. 26, less than a month after the murder.
“We want to thank the people who persistently called in with information,” Clark said.
The YouTube channel confirmed Smith was still in the Netherlands as of April, Gaspard said.
Detectives presented a probable cause affidavit to Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 on April 2 and an arrest warrant was issued by the magistrate of the court.
A subsequent manhunt was initiated and on April 16 Smith was taken into custody in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Now police must wait for Smith to return to the United States for questioning in the case, Clark said.