093 - The Mysterious Murder of Judy Smith

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In April of 1997, fifty year old Judy Smith attended a conference with her husband, Jeffrey, in Philadelphia. While the conference was work for Jeffrey, Judy planned to do some sightseeing during the day and then spend evenings with her husband. Unfortunately, Judy would mysteriously vanish.
For five months investigators worked the case, casting a lot of suspicion onto Judy's husband who always maintained his innocence. Then, five months later, in September of 1997, Judy's remains were recovered from Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina. She had been the victim of homicide and while catching her killer was a top priority there were many unanswered questions.
How did Judy find herself in Western North Carolina, why hadn't she told anyone about her plans to go there and who made the horrible decision to end her life?
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