(KMOV) -- The Major Case Squad is performing ballistics tests on bullets found at the scene of the murder of a Hawk Point garage owner to see if there’s a link to accused child abductor, Paul Smith.
Police are trying to figure out if Paul Smith, the suspect accused of kidnapping a girl from Louisiana, Missouri, is connected to the death of Jeffery Smith. Authorities say they are looking at the possibility but as of Thursday morning there is nothing definitive to connect the two cases.
Police were called to Smitty's Garage on 205 Highway A at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a man down under suspicious circumstances. That's when deputies found Jeffery Smith, 49, lying on the ground. He was critically injured.
Smith was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. At first police believed the victim was beaten to death but an autopsy later revealed that the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Smith owned Smitty's Garage and a corvette from his shop was stolen. He was a long time resident and business owner in Lincoln County.
The car was found abandoned early Sunday morning a short distance from the garage, "just down the road" is how authorities put it. Investigators say they have found what they call "significant pieces" of evidence in the Corvette but aren't giving details.
Investigators say there are anywhere from 32-34 detectives still working on the case. They have close to 200 leads. Detectives are pulling the names of burglars and car thieves in the area. Paul Smith has a car theft conviction in his past.
Smith leaves behind a son.
Police are asking anyone who was in the Hawk Point area around 10:00 p.m. on July 3rd who may have seen or heard something to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at (636) 528-8546 Ext. 3222 or 3223. A $10,000 reward has been offered.
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