The Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate the March 2023 murder of 59-year-old Timothy Floyd Smith and are now seeking information from the public that may help bring his killer(s) to justice.
According to an Instagram post shared by @MCSOFlorida on August 8, in addition to the initial $3,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Marion County, an enhanced reward of up to $6,500 is available through the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers in partnership with the Florida Office of the Attorney General, bringing the total reward potential up to $14,500.
MCSO says that at the current moment, Herbert Swilley, the victim's spouse, is considered a suspect in Timothy's murder. Detectives spoke with Swilley at the earliest stages of the investigation and have been attempting to speak with him further; however, his attorney has indicated that he will only cooperate if he is provided with immunity from prosecution for Timothy's murder.
Jordan Swilley, Herbert's daughter, is also considered a person of interest. She too gave a preliminary statement but has declined to speak further with detectives. Because Herbert and Jordan won't speak with detectives investigating Timothy's murder about evidence that has been uncovered during investigations, MCSO is hoping that there are people in the community who may know things that could help them solve this case.
Details could include information regarding Timothy's activities in the days and weeks leading up to his death, or information about Timothy and Herbert's relationship. MCSO asks if you know anything that might help investigators — even if it seems unimportant — to please call and leave a tip, as it could be the missing puzzle piece they need.
If you have any information, you can call Detective Daniel Pinder at (352) 368-3508. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at (352) 368-STOP (7867) and reference 23-21 in your tip.
The additional reward monies are available through June 30, 2024; to be eligible for reward funds, your anonymous tip must come through the Crime Stoppers program either by phone or submitting a tip online at Ocalacrimestoppers.com.
Article by Rachael Volpe