Rudy Smith’s Disappearance Classified As Murder

August 9, 2012

[Updated with video] The police held a press conference this morning [Aug 9], and said they are now “officially classifying” the disappearance of Rudy Smith as a murder.

Mr Smith has not been seen for a month, and his bike was located in the waters off North Shore last month.

A Pembroke man in his 20s was arrested in connection with this matter last month, however was released on bail.

Superintendent Antoine Daniels said: “Today the Bermuda Police Service is taking an unfamiliar position of officially classifying the disappearance of 41 year-old Pembroke man Mr. Rudy Lamar Smith as a murder.

“Mr. Smith was last seen alive about 7pm on Monday 9th July 2012, walking in the area of One-Way Deepdale in Pembroke parish. After not being seen or spoken to for a number of days, a missing persons report was made to police.

“Officers immediately commenced investigations in an effort to trace Mr. Smith’s most recent movements with a view to locating him and establishing if he was in any harm or distress.

“Although the death of Rudy Smith has not been confirmed or his whereabouts known, based on certain information, intelligence gathering, the length of time Mr. Smith has been missing, the recovery of a motor cycle he was last seen riding being recovered from the waters off of North Shore in Pembroke Parish 3 weeks ago and the fact this is not his normal routine to avoid contact with family/friends for long periods this matter is being investigated as a murder.

“The BPS Serious Crime Unit whose remit is to investigate murders and attempt murders were assigned the task of conducting this investigation.

Superintendent Daniels continued: “To date they have completed a number of witness interviews, made an arrest, seized various exhibits, conducted searches at residences and other locations, spoken to a number of persons including close family members, made press/media appeals and of course recovered the motor cycle that Rudy Smith was last seen riding.

“Despite police efforts to date, Rudy Smith still remains missing which is a major concern for the BPS and Mr. Smith’s family and friends.

“These actions are out of character for Mr. Smith and not his normal routine, as it is unusual for Rudy Smith not to contact or visit family and friends for long time-periods.

“Rudy Smith is described as a brown skinned male, slim build, 5’8” tall, close black hair, brown eyes and a goatee. Investigators are making an appeal to any persons that may have information about the last movements or where-a-bouts of Mr. Rudy Smith to contact them.”

“Police also wish to speak to persons that may have any information whether they believe it to be important or not to contact Serious Crime Unit investigators on telephone number 295-0011 or the confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-8477 (Tips).”

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  1. Um Um Like says:

    But I thought crime was down…

    • Interpret the Numbers says:

      It is, crime overall is down, emphsis on the word overall.

      • You are concerning yourself with statistics, while a family has lost a loved one?! Unbelievable!! To the family of the young man, you have my condolences!

      • Um Um Like says:

        Tell that to Rudy’s friends and family.

  2. Black Pearl says:

    Why don’t the police do an indept search in the water where the bike was found. If however, the body is in the ocean, how soon does it emerge normally? I hate to say it, but its very possible that he may be tied down with a weight or something? Someone needs to do thorough search of the bottom of the ocean. I feel so sorry for his family, I hope they find him……so sad.

    • Logic76 says:

      Has been done already. Unfortunately I don’t think he’s gonna be found. Absolutely disgusting that someone could do this to a human being.

    • Cold As Ice says:

      The reality is that even in a small place as Bermuda, there are tons of places where one could hide a body. My initial thought was that they weighed him down as well. One could easily weigh someone down and drop them over way out at sea.

      Before anyone says this comment is disrespectful to the family, I say GROW UP-we have to get real in life sometimes, and it’s something that has to be considered.

  3. Murder? says:

    Wait – so how do they come to the conclusion of Murder? Wasn’t he a man who had trouble with drugs? What if he got high and found himself falling into the ocean and got swept out to sea? Or taken by a shark? How do they say Murder? Wow. Just another unsolved murder to add to the list.

    • terry says:

      Lots of varients involved here.

      As the police statement says….read it.Thats all I have to say.

    • Out n about says:

      They must have a reason to believe it’s murder, as a result of their investigation…they must of had a reason to arrest someone..maybe he talked to the police / family members or just maybe he witnessed something shortly before his disappearance….i don’t know. With all this craziness going on in this 21 square mile island, anything is possible. They can’t let the public know everything.

  4. Kat says:

    I will continue to pray for the family. May God comfort you at this time. Let’s be positive this family is going through a very difficult time. Much respect to the Smith family.

  5. Concerned says:

    Extremely sad and all facts will come forth in God’s time and His time only. Stay Strong Smith family for God is on your side and His justice will prevail.

  6. bully presley says:

    Rudy was a good guy that never troubled anyone, i hope they find who is responsible for this, like his sister said he is a human being if he was white everybody would be overboard looking for him

    • terry says:

      Garbage bully. And you know it.
      Now piss off.

      • iiiiiiiiiiiii says:

        If he was white they would be overboard looking for him? What nonsense are you talking about? Should I bring up the race card as well and say “if he was white, this probably wouldn’t have happened?”

        Let sh!t go, racism is still lurking around because of people like you. Race doesnt fu*king matter. What matters is that he is a human being that’s missing, not that he’s a black human being that’s missing.

        You sir, are an idiot.

  7. Save More says:

    Although a tragic situation, the police have and are still doing a good job with this investigation. The fact of the matter if he was white or black they are following protocol and they have done what they had to do. So no need to take it on the racial tip.

    To the family of the gentleman, you have my condolences for your loss.

  8. tricks are for kids says:

    The sad thing about tbis is that SOMEONE knows what has happened to him…that SOMEONE is still walking amongst us….it could be the person at the grocery store, the person who pumps the gas in your car, it could be the paper boy…who knows….but what is scary is that THEY are able to function day to day without a care in the world..NOW THAT is some cold S*&T!

    Unfortunately THAT PERSON or PERSONS don’t realise or either don’t care that it could just as easily be them, it could be THEIR mother that is living this nightmare….

    I don’t care if SOME feel that Rudy was legit or not…NO MATTER WHAT he did does it give ANYBODY the right to FEEL or even THINK that they HAVE the right to take matters into their own hands…What about handling your problem like GROWN FOLKS do..talk it out…instead of being a “P… A.. Cowards” ..because that’s all you are…nothing more…nothing less….no matter what it was if word on the street is true that problem could have been easily solved….

    WHOEVER you are 9 times out of 10 you are probably reading this article and all the comments because you are going to want to know how much the police know…..I want you to remember two things; 1.) If you didn’t act alone it is not a secret..How trustworthy is your accomplice…..If you’ve confided in someone..it is no longer a secret…how trustworthy is your confidant?…..2.) You can run but you can’t hide…if your not caught today, tomorrow or even by next year don’t EVER THINK that you will never be found out!!!! I have never known KARMA to sleep, she comes in many forms and many instances and one day it might just YOUR mother or a loved one who is losing sleep….always wondering if your going to walk through the door…living a nightmare

    I don’t care what you feel Rudy did or didn’t do..his mother has the RIGHT in getting some form of closure…do the right thing….clear your conscience just a bit (if you have one)..make an anonymous phone call….leave a note….do something….if you have at least one compassionate bone in your body…make it happen….his mom deserves to be at peace…..

    To Rudy’s family I say a prayer everyday….I too am a mother and I could not even begin to fanthom what you are going through right now…I had the pleasure of meeting Rudy about two months ago whilst he was visiting his girlfriend and I was visiting a relative…I don’t care about all the negative things people have to say because I believe that first impressions are lasting impressions and the care and concern that he displayed whilst in my presence will be how I will always remember him…..

  9. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Have the cadaver dogs go all through Pembroke dump , including dredging the canal … Madeline , Tanna , If this is what it’s come to , You have my heartfelt condolences . I feel so horrible to even suggest what I have but , we must face reality . Bless you , and your entire family .

    • Politely Pompous says:

      I hope they find his body so that his family-especially his poor mother-can have some closure. Without a body, they will always be wondering what happened to him. Also, the thought will always be in the back of their minds ‘is he really gone or is he still alive out there somewhere?’ The not knowing is far worse than actually knowing for sure that he is gone…with a body they could give him a proper burial and go to visit his grave-without that, they can’t properly mourn and move on.

      As far as the canal, my mind went on it as well. I don’t mean to be insensitive but I recall once someone telling me that it would be the perfect place to dump someone. According to this person, due to the high bacteria content in the canal, a body would disintegrate rapidly and DNA evidence would be impossible to pick up. I don’t know if that person was watching too much CSI or something but it sounds plausible.

      Can the canal actually be dredged? Didn’t they try that once and it couldn’t be done?

  10. MAKE MY DAY says:

    Was this guy a “gang member” – deal in drugs / weapons etc?? He didn’t just walk-off into the sunset!! Somebody definitely knows something about his demise!! Sorry for his mother – as this is every parents “nightmare”!!

  11. Sue says:

    No he was not a gangmember nor did he bother anyone Rudy walked mya religously everyday the monday when he went missing he was wearing a white wifebeater and a pair of blue jeanshorts. I saw rudy walk mya bring her back and i never saw Rudy after that day. No 1 in this world can tell me that something hasn’t happened to him. he may have been into drugs but rudy would hustle for what he wanted he was not a thief! A robber! A murderer! He was a cool guy and whoever did this is a coward! Rudy has simply vanished off the face of the earth in Bermuda!