Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Police want to quiz man about killing

By Janice Morse and Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Police sketch
        UNION TOWNSHIP — As police continue to investigate the multiple-gunshot slaying of a Procter & Gamble scientist, his friends and family will remember his life at a memorial service today.

        The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the West Chester Wesleyan Church, 7009 Tylersville Road — just down the road from the home where George W. Gibson, 47, lived and died.

        Police on Monday released a composite sketch of an unidentified man who might know something about the crime, which was discovered Friday. The man could be a witness or a suspect. Or he might have no relationship to the case, said Capt. John Bruce, assistant police chief in this Butler County community.

        “He was seen in the area and we can't explain why he was there,” Capt. Bruce said, declining to reveal who saw the man, when or precisely where. “Whatever the reason he was there, we would like to talk to him.”

        He is described as a white male, white with a tan complexion, age 35 to 50; thin build, 130 to 150 pounds and 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-10; dark, salt-and-pepper hair, wearing a dark-colored ball cap.

        Anyone with information may make an anonymous call to Union Township Police investigators' hot line at 759-7272.

        Mr. Gibson's wife and fellow P&G scientist, Paige Smith, returned from New York after authorities notified her of her husband's death. Capt. Bruce said she has been cooperative with investigators.

        Based on Ms. Smith's observations, nothing seems to be missing from the home, although some items had been moved, Capt. Bruce said, which “gave the appearance that somebody was looking for something.”

        Also, he said, investigators

        found a possible sign of forced entry at the rear of the home.

        Mr. Gibson's slaying could be related to his work, Capt. Bruce said, but that's just one possibility among a range of motives detectives are considering. “Every possible scenario is going through our minds,” he said. As of Monday, “no suspects have been specifically established,” he said.

        Police can surmise some things about the killer, however, because of the nature of the crime.

        The high number of shots fired into Mr. Gibson — seven in the head, one in the neck and one in the chest — indicate the killer “was a very angry person,” Capt. Bruce said. The killer, who wielded a small-caliber weapon, also fired at least five more shots to kill Mr. Gibson's two large dogs.

        Investigators wouldn't give an approximate time of death for Mr. Gibson. They said he left work late Thursday afternoon; they're not sure what he did after that. But when he didn't show up for work Friday, a concerned P&G employee asked police to check on his whereabouts. Officers found his body around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

        Capt. Bruce declined to reveal whether there were signs of a struggle, where Mr. Gibson's body was found or any other descriptions of the crime scene.


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