Thursday, August 10, 2000

Caller may be clue in death

Mystery woman might have had relationship with P&G scientist

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Investigators piecing together the last hours of a slain Procter & Gamble scientist's life want to find a woman who may have been having a relationship with him.

        The woman revealed herself in a phone call to a television station shortly after George Gibson's body was found June 23. She said she had been having a “phone relationship” with a P&G man from West Chester. Authorities think the man might have been Mr. Gibson, a researcher for the Cincinnati-based company.

        But investigators, with no more information about her, have not been able to find her since the original call.

        “Part of our job is to reconstruct everything about a per son's life,” said West Chester Police Lt. Gil Flick. “We're still trying to do that.”

        Mr. Gibson, 47, was shot seven times in the head and twice in the chest with a small-caliber gun. His two beloved Bernese mountain dogs also were killed. Police went to the home after receiving a call from a P&G employee who said Mr. Gibson had not reported for work that Friday morning at the company's Miami Valley Laboratories in Colerain Township.

        Mr. Gibson's wife, Paige Smith, is also a P&G scientist. She was out of town when he was killed.

        Police stressed Wednesday that the woman caller is not a suspect. They just want to interview her about her contact with the man believed to be Mr. Gibson. Lt. Flick said he did not know what her phrase “phone relationship” meant exactly.

        Investigators also released Wednesday a full description of Mr. Gibson and his green Ford Escort station wagon. They hope the information might jog somebody's memory and help officers track Mr. Gibson's whereabouts on the afternoon before his death:

        • Mr. Gibson wore a blue, short-sleeved oxford button-down shirt with blue jeans. His P&G identification badge hung around his neck on a white nylon cord marked P&G Pharmaceuticals. He was white, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with close-cropped brown hair, green eyes and wire-rimmed glasses. His beard and mustache were graying.

        • The 1995 wagon bore the license plate CAC 8445.

        Police have accounted for his time, except for 3:40 to 5:20 p.m. on June 22.

        Investigators ask anyone with information to call West Chester Police at (513) 759-7272 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.


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