Ohio AG seeks help in WWII veteran’s killing

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is seeking tips to help solve the killing of a World War II veteran in southern Ohio.

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation believe robbery may have been the motive in the Oct. 16, 2011, killing of Harry Smith in Chillicothe.

Investigators say the 89-year-old Smith, a Navy veteran and great-great grandfather, died of blunt-force trauma, after which his house was set on fire.

Smith’s family has announced a new $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

The award is on top of $5,000 being offered by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office and a reward of up to several thousand dollars being offered by Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Investigators say several items were removed from Smith’s home before the fire.

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