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No suspects in stabbing, police say

Monday, March 3, 2003

Brazil City Police report there is nothing new in the investigation of the stabbing death of Alvie Smith Jr.,

Police Chief Terry Harrison said Friday no arrests have been made in the case, but "We still continue to interview people and follow up on information that we have."

Meanwhile, The Times has learned that rumors continue to be spread throughout the community.

Smith was stabbed to death at his home the morning of Feb. 19. Smith lived alone at 404 W. Kruzan St. and either walked or crawled to a neighbor's house after the crime occurred.

He told the neighbor he had been stabbed. The neighbor then called 911. An ambulance was dispatched but Smith was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Smith had been stabbed more than once in the upper body, Chief Harrison said on the day of the murder. Yet, the police are unaware of any suspects who might have been with smith when the stabbing occurred.

Area residents have circulated rumors that drugs may have been the motive for the crime, but that rumor appears to be false.

An autopsy of Smith's body was performed Feb. 20. The results of that autopsy have not been released.

Another rumor that has surfaced has been a connection between Smith's murder and the Feb. 18 death of Charles E. Morgan of Seelyville. The two men were rumored to be friends, however Indiana State Police have made no connection between the two investigations.

"I have no indication of that," said Indiana State Police Detective Troy Stanton, when asked about the rumor on Friday.

But, Stanton would not rule out the possibility of a connection between the two deaths.

"I can't say there is no connection 'without a doubt'," Stanton said. "Anything is possible, but we have no indication the two deaths are related."

Stanton asks anyone with information on the Morgan death to call him at the Terre Haute office, 442-7080 or (800) 742-0777.

The Brazil City Police should be contacted at 443-6591 concerning information related to the Smith murder.

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