Family offers $100,000 reward to jumpstart George Smith investigation

Seen here at his wedding, George Smith disappeared aboard his honeymoon cruise and his family is increasing the reward to try and find answers.

Seen here at his wedding, George Smith disappeared aboard his honeymoon cruise and his family is offering a reward to try and find answers.

As they mark nine years since George Smith went missing from honeymoon cruise, his family is now offering a $100,000 reward in hopes that it will help reinvigorate the investigation.

No one has ever been charged in the disappearance and presumed death of Mr. Smith, a Greenwich man, who was on his honeymoon at the time of his disappearance from his Royal Caribbean cruise on July 5, 2005. There has yet to be a conclusive finding about what happened the night of the incident aboard the cruise, leaving the family to continue to search for answers. Now the reward is being offered to try and spur action in the case.

“We are hoping that someone will step forward who hasn’t spoken in the past, and that this leads directly to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for George’s disappearance,” said Bree Smith, Mr. Smith’s sister. “It’s been nine years and it has been a very difficult journey, without answers or justice.”

Ms. Smith made the announcement about the reward on Thursday, July 3, and spoke to the Post in a phone interview. And while there have never been any charges brought, Ms. Smith said the family is “encouraged and hopeful” by the recent assignment of a new team of FBI agents to the case and they are making seveal media appearances to bring fresh attention to the case and keep it from slipping off the radar of the authorities.

The Smiths appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday, July 4, and will be featured on 48 Hours, also on CBS, on Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m. to discuss these new developments. In a preview of the show at the 48 Hours web site, the Smith family talks about how they miss their brother and son.

“I miss him every day…I miss his voice, I miss his phone calls. He called me all the time. I just miss him as a son,” said Maureen, George’s mother.

“Every night before I go to bed, I see his face,” said George, his father.

Bree Smith describes the tragedy as “a complete and awful nightmare for my family,” and questioned why there have been no arrests in the case. “The evidence is huge,” she said.

There are people that authorities have paid particular attention to in the case even though no charges have been filed. The FBI identified the last four persons seen with George as “persons of interest” in the case, Gregory Rozenberg, Zachary Rozenberg, Rusty Kofman and Josh Askin. However, no arrests have been made.

The phone number on the reward poster to call with tips is: 1-844-651-1936, and the email address is [email protected] The identity of anyone with information will be kept confidential.

The Smith family has also been posting information and updates about the case on a new George Smith Facebook page at Facebook.com/JusticeforGeorgeSmith?fref=ts .

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