Post by Scumhunter on Mar 24, 2017 4:20:05 GMT -5
(Above: Don Smith & a composite of "Larry Munroe" Photo Credits: Unsolved Mysteries Wiki)
From Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: (slightly reformatted for easier reading)
Real Name: Donald Smith
Nicknames: Don Smith
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Date: May 11, 1987
Details: On May 11, 1987, Don Smith left his home in Hemet, California and planned on heading to Idaho to visit his daughter, Brenda Walker, whom he was recently reunited with after being separated when he and Brenda's mother divorced. He started his trip alone with just his two dogs, but the next day, he arrived at the hospital where Brenda worked with an unidentified man. The man talked to Brenda's supervisor, who told him that she was on a fishing trip. Brenda and her friends later arrived at a bar, and Don and his male companion arrived soon afterwards. Don soon became belligerent, and Brenda and her friends left.
Brenda never saw her father again. Two weeks later, in the desert outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, a couple found the body of a man. The man carried no identification, and the cause of death was determined to be two blows to the back of his head. It wouldn't be until police heard about an incident that had occurred the day prior that the man would be identified. 700 miles away in Denver, Colorado, on May 16, 1987, two vehicles collided at an intersection, and the man inside the pickup truck fled the scene. Police found a motel key in the truck, and traced it to a motel room which had been registered to a man named Larry Munroe.
The truck that "Larry Munroe" was driving was, in fact, Donald Smith's vehicle, which, along with fingerprints, led to the identification of the man found in Twin Falls as Don Smith. On the day Don left home, he ran into trouble with the trailer that he had been towing, and left it with a local man in Las Vegas. Police theorize that Don picked up the hitchhiker soon after leaving Las Vegas, and they later determined that Don had called his sister two days later for money. She later gave the money to Don and the unidentified man, and police theorized that the man may have killed Don for the money. They believe that while Don let his dogs out, the man came from behind and killed him with a jack handle. He then drove to Denver where the car collision occurred. The man has never been identified and Don's murder remains unsolved.
Suspects: The man named "Larry Munroe" is described as black, with rather light skin, 6'0", 180 pounds, and is today probably in his 50s.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the March 1, 1989 episode.
Official Unsolved Mysteries website page on the case: unsolved.com/archives/don-smith
Thoughts? Don's case was never aired on America's Most Wanted to the best of my knowledge but it is being placed in the Unsolved on TV section since, as noted above, it has aired on Unsolved Mysteries.
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