make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Rex Gore speaks with WWAY regarding Columbus County case

READ MORE: Rex Gore speaks with WWAY regarding Columbus County case
cocofall300.jpg
New information tonight on a Columbus County investigation. We are now getting some answers from the district attorney about the 85-year-old woman, who's family says she was assaulted last October. WWAY met today with Rex Gore, who says the Columbus County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the case. The Columbus County DA gave us some background information on the original investigation that took place last October. Gore said the case was closed originally within a few weeks because the injuries appeared to investigators to have been from a fall. He said it appears that Smith was in the bathroom and broke a handle, then fell on her walker and then onto the floor. He adds that the injuries are consistent with a bad fall. The family said they do not believe the injuries could be from a fall. Gore disagrees. "It appears that the case was originally closed because they had done the investigation and concluded that there was no sign of forced entry. You look at the crime scene, you look at photos of the house, you don't see any kinds of struggle," said Gore. After the incident, investigators requested a rape kit, but Gore said the attending physician did not consider it necessary. Gore said the department did investigate a lead we spoke to from last week, a source who said two young men had confessed to an assault, but that the incident in question had nothing to do with Ida Smith. We will hear from Columbus County Sheriff, Chris Batten tomorrow.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.