Photos: Police Locate Missing Man’s Bike In Water

July 16, 2012

[Update: Police confirm that the divers were on scene after locating a bike belonging to Rudy Smith, who has been reported as missing since last week.]

A number of police officers are currently near Grace Church on North Shore. As of 11.40am today [Juy 16] there are a multiple police vehicles in the area, and police have yellow crime scene tape up on both sides of Grace Church cordoning off an area of interest.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro is on scene, and police officers can been seen off the water’s edge. At approximately 11.50am at least one diver was seen entering the water.

The police boat is carrying a police photographer who can be seen taking photos of the shoreline, getting off the boat at one point to step on land. A number of bystanders have gathered on the roadside to watch the police at work.

The police said that they will not be making an official statement until they host a press conference at 2pm today. We will update as able.

Update 2.15pm: Police divers were searching the waters after finding Rudy Smith’s bike in the area, Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro said at a press conference this afternoon [July 16].

Rudy Smith [pictured] was reported as being missing by family members last week, and police confirmed his bike was located in the waters in front of Grace Church today.

A Police Dive Team was activated, and searched for any other items that may assist in locating Mr. Smith.

Detective Pedro said: “Efforts have continued to locate Mr. Smith’s transportation and also examining other evidence available to the investigators.

“This morning, following a phone call from a member of the public, Mr. Smith’s last known mode of transportation was located in the waters in front of Grace Church on North Shore, Pembroke.

“I would like to say that we continue to be very concerned for Mr. Smith’s safety, and we are actively progressing all avenues of information that may assist in determining where he may be, or what may have happened to him since he was last seen.

“I would like to urge any member of the public that may know something about this matter that has not already spoken to the Police to come forward and assist.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro’s full statement is below:

The Bermuda Police Service continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Rudolph — also known as Rudy — Lamar Smith

Mr. Smith is 39 years old and resides in the Border Lane area of Pembroke. Mr. Smith was reported as being missing by family members on Wednesday 11th July, 2012.

Investigations were immediately commenced by investigators, who set about tracing his most recent movements and speaking with persons who last saw him.

To date, the Bermuda Police Service has interviewed several persons who have either provided written statements or given verbal information.

Efforts have continued to locate Mr. Smith’s transportation and also examining other evidence available to the investigators. This morning, following a phone call from a member of the public, Mr. Smith’s last known mode of transportation was located in the waters in front of Grace Church on North Shore, Pembroke.

A Police Dive Team was activated, and has been searching these waters for any other items that may assist in locating Mr. Smith.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed by the Bermuda Police Service, to keep the family updated with any developments in the case.

I would like to say that we continue to be very concerned for Mr. Smith’s safety, and we are actively progressing all avenues of information that may assist in determining where he may be, or what may have happened to him since he was last seen.

I would like to urge any member of the public that may know something about this matter that has not already spoken to the Police to come forward and assist.

You will appreciate that Mr. Smith has many family members & friends who are extremely anxious to learn about their missing loved one.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Serious Crime Unit in confidence at 247.1340, or alternatively to call the CONFIDENTIAL & ANONYMOUS CRIMESTOPPERS hotline on 800-8477.

Update 2.31pm: The video of the press conference with Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro is below.

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  1. TRUE DAT says:

    OMG!!

  2. Oh no says:

    Oh no.

  3. WOLF says:

    Merc

  4. Our Island says:

    What is going on in our once peaceful island?

  5. Nanni 1961 says:

    Bermuda needs to pray, pray and pray for this man and his family at this time. Lord please bring him home safe to his family. Amen..

    • will says:

      no need to pray, it actually does nothing but give you false hope, besides its RIGHT next to a church, nah worry ‘god’ has this sorted

      but seriously though this man should be returned safe to his family, hopefully nothing bad has happened to him caused by someone else.

      • SMDHT says:

        You sound like a real idiot, I hope you never need prayers for a situation in your life, but then again God still loves you even with your stupid comment.

        Some peoples children (SMH)

        • will says:

          i’m not a real idiot, i dont believe in an invisible man in the sky making things happen..unlike you perhaps

          my comment also wishes for a safe return of this man and that nothing bad has happened to him whereas you seemed to have only sidetracked to a point which personally affected you re: religion, Perhaps instead of praying why don’t you go and help look for him perhaps?

          • Come Correct says:

            It helps hypocrits sleep, no point arguing.

          • Child of The King says:

            Prayer is the answer to everything! So sorry for the FOOLS who don’t know that.

      • The Truth (Most Imitated) says:

        @Willl. I totally agree with you Will.

      • BTW says:

        I’m sorry you feel that way but the fact that you don’t believe doesn’t mean that others should abandon their faith. The beauty of living in Bermuda means we can be free to choose our belief systems. We should be able to express them freely without disparaging comments by others. Let’s be respectful in our replies.

        • Logic76 says:

          Actually by saying that “Bermuda needs to pray…” Nanni 1961 is imposing a religion on all persons inhabiting the island.

      • Prey Or Pray Or Pay says:

        People might not want to believe in God, but there sure are some devils up in here. Mercy man people have no respect for humanity and the power of compassion. Everybody worships something, EVERYBODY. Some would rather worship their own ego than God. They despise God’s omnipotence only to claim omnipotence for themselves out of fear of their own human limitations in the face of a trial, mocking and preying upon those who pray and those who are strengthened through their reliance and faith in God. I pray that you make it home safely Rudy, and I will be comforted if wherever you are, God is there with you.

        • Come Correct says:

          God called in sick today…

          • The Furbat says:

            God. Never found, but somehow still missing – day 342,974,129,274,876 and counting.

  6. HEAR ME LORD says:

    We all will continue to pray for the safe return of Mr. Smith…Lord Jesus…

    • Antichrist666 says:

      Jesus likely never existed and thus can’t do anything for the safety of this man, hopefully the police and members of the public will actually put work in to help close this case instead of sending futile prayers up to a god that does not exist.

    • Kami says:

      Will has already said that praying does sh#t but give you false hope… So why even bother with praying??

      • Believer says:

        Prayer makes things happen!! We serve an awesome God who does all things well!!

        • Kami says:

          Prayer does nothing at all!! An i serve no one…

          • Child of The King says:

            poor boo! I’ll have to pray for u, GBU!

        • will says:

          like plagues, punishment and genocide, f@#king AWESOME!

        • Politely Pompous says:

          @Believer & Co: What many of you don’t get is that prayer cannot fix everything, and that’s what people are trying to get across to you. If this man is gone, he’s gone and no amount of prayer can change that. People would take you all seriously if you’d say you’re praying that God will comfort the family at this time or something, but you all talk of ‘miracles’ and that ‘God can do anything.’ That’s what the rest of us have a problem with.

          It sounds totally unrealistic because some things just cannot be fixed by prayer. Would you go to a funeral and say ‘let’s pray this person comes back to life’? Of course not. This is the same thing. Just ask for prayers that if he’s still with us that he’s found or if he’s gone that his body will be found to give his family closure, and to comfort them but to just make blanket statements that prayer can fix everything is what some of us who think realistically have a problem with…

      • Real Talk says:

        My mama always told me if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…

        Praying for a positive outcome for this situation.

        • Jen says:

          When did this become about god!? HOPING for his safe return.

  7. g-gurl says:

    God continue to give this family HOPE !

  8. Terry says:

    Ok.
    Profanity et al superseide?

    Irony.

  9. Unbelivable!!! says:

    Rudy . . . hoping you are okay. Prayers for the family!!!!!

  10. WHERE THERE IS HOPE says:

    Wow what’s the matter with my people,SMH…I will still continue to pray,as insensitive comments will NEVER deter how I MAY FEEL…TO all that still know how to pray,CONTINUE….AMEN…

  11. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Somebody say something … Support the Police ! Support the Family .. ! Don’t stay silent ..

  12. Reverend Pastor says:

    There’s a reason it is called faith. Pray if you feel like it, or not. Just hope the young man is found safe.

    • Somerset OG says:

      I can’t believe people still follow what the bronze age desert dwellers believed. There is still no evidence for what ancient man said went on. Faith is believing without knowing! We’ve been praying for Africa forever and no fairies answered that call yet. You pray for the violence to stop in Bermuda every Sunday and nobody answered those prayers yet. If you get hurt or get a terminal illness will you go to church or to the hospital? If you lose your job will you go to church or go looking for another job? Prayer does nothing. It’s a 50/50 chance and if it was god’s will in the first place who are you to ask for him to change it? Think sheeple. Don’t pray. Get out there and help search.

  13. OhMeOhMy says:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you wish to pray and you believe in God, then do so. If you don’t and you know of another way you can be of assistance in helping this man be found, then do so. Seems as is the focus has been taken off of finding this man. Like I said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I hope for the best for him as well as his family and friends.

  14. Onion Soup says:

    Whether or not someone believes in God and/or prayer should not even be a discussion point here. What is important is that we show support for the family and friends of this young man that are suffering through this time of uncertainty and worry.

  15. What if? says:

    My prayers are with the family at this time. I ask the ? What if? What if their is a God and what if their is not a God? By living your life for Him and He did exsist you would gain everything. But to live your life without Him and he did exsist you will lose everything. So choose you this day who you will serve! Just something to think about.

    • will says:

      so you arent giving any option, what about IF He doesnt exist and you WASTE an entire lifetime grovelling on your knees to something for absolutely nothing. Lets not even bring up the case of OTHER religions established long before christians. thats the problem with die hard christians and anyone one else from another faith, there’s always an older one before yours that you automatically dismiss as WRONG..hypocrisy at its finest.

      • What if? says:

        Bless you. God is still good!

        • What if? says:

          And I did not wake myself up this morning. So who did? And that is that you can call it a higher power too.

          • Will says:

            its actually neurons and synapses firing in your brain, which are actually non stop…and at some point after tiring yourself out completely your body needs to re-cooperate, thats what sleep is for, waking up is when your brain has returned to normalcy to function for yet again another day.its called science, which had proved it over and over again..give me proof that GOD woke you up. and i mean clinical trials etc..what that, cant give me any, thought so

  16. Ridiculous says:

    Wow. @will we get your point stop commenting negatively on others who simply try to comfort and pray for a safe return of this man. To the family, stay strong and I hope and pray for his return.