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Brett Rivkind, the lawyer for George Allen Smith IV’s parents, is suggesting that Jennifer Hagel-Smith may have been drugged. The same night that George Allen Smith went missing, Jennifer Hagel-Smith was found in a corridor, unconscious and far from their cabin.
Brett Rivkind, the lawyer for George Allen Smith IV’s parents, said he does not have any evidence to prove his theory about why crew members found Jennifer Hagel-Smith sleeping in a corridor July 5, the night her husband disappeared on their Mediterranean honeymoon cruise between Turkey and Greece.
Rivkind said at a news conference that it has been difficult to get information about the case because Royal Caribbean has not been forthcoming. But William Wright, the cruise line’s senior vice president of marine operations, said in his own news conference that the company has cooperated with investigators, including the FBI.
Here are some of the latest allegations from the different sides in the disappearance of George Smith.
James Walker, Hagel-Smith’s attorney, criticized the cruise line for not getting her medical help or noticing blood around the cabin.
Smith’s family has accused Royal Caribbean of covering up the disappearance. The company denies that and accuses Hagel-Smith and her attorney of waging a public relations campaign with false claims that she was mistreated.
Wright said he doubts Hagel-Smith was drugged, saying the crew members who found her didn’t notice anything unusual about her behavior.
“She woke up. She was cognizant. She was saying repeatedly that she was fine and that she simply wanted to go back to her cabin,” he said Thursday.
What is most puzzling and troubling in this matter is the time line of events:
4:05 a.m. during the night, a guest in one of the cabins adjoining the Smiths’ cabin called the Guest Relations desk and complained about loud voices and drinking game noises coming from the Smith cabin.
Security went to the Smith cabin in response to that complaint, but the noise had already stopped, and there was no answer to our knocking.
Since there was no noise when security arrived or any report or sign of violence or danger, security left believing all was well.
Shortly after 4:30 a.m., Mrs. Hagel Smith was found sleeping on the floor of a corridor on the other side of the ship and a significant distance from her cabin.
Security was notified and arrived shortly thereafter. As several ship personnel remained with Mrs. Smith, two crewmembers went to her cabin at 4:48 a.m. to see if anyone was there to assist in her return.
They knocked and, not getting a response, looked inside the cabin, found it empty and saw nothing amiss. While the crewmembers were still outside the Smith cabin, the guest in the other adjoining cabin looked out his cabin door, complained about the earlier noise, and reportedly advised crewmembers to enter the cabin. However, they had already opened the door and seen nothing amiss.
Mrs. Hagel Smith was taken back to her cabin by wheelchair at 4:57 a.m. by two security guards and a female supervisor.
She was placed on top of her bed and asked if she was all right. She answered that she was okay, and the security personnel left the room. George Smith was not present, and nothing appeared amiss.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise line is taking the stance that security had properly investigated the reported noise and commotion (4:05am) coming from the Smith cabin. Since there was no commotion when they arrived there was nothing they could do. Then they get a report of Mrs. Jennifer Hagel-Smith found in a corridor at 4:30am. They bring her back to her cabin by two security guards and a female supervisor at 4:57am. The very same cabin that there had already been a complaint about. The Royal Caribbean Security thinks nothing of this? Just a coincidence? They have to have a log of incident reports on this ship. Security then leaves Jennifer Hagel-Smith in a room that is later found to have blood in it and never noticed it.
To make matters even worse, three young men that the Smith’s were seen in the company of and would presumably be the last to have seen the Smiths would later be implicated in another alleged crime of rape.
The cruise line also said Wednesday that the FBI was investigating an alleged rape of a female passenger by the same three young men with whom Smith had last been seen. Wright said the couple had been hanging out frequently with the men before Smith’s disappearance.