BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department has made an arrest in a case featured in WWAY’s #Unsolved series.
Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Greg Jordan said Bryan Lee O’Daniels, 44, of Wilmington is charged with one count of murder connected to the disappearance of Timothy Smart in July 1995.
Chief Jordan said a story aired in May of 2018 on Smart’s case. WWAY’s Hannah Patrick featured Smart’s case in her #Unsolved series on May 7, 2018. She re-aired it again two weeks later and a few times in the last year.
At the time, Police Chief Brad Shirley said Smart lived in the 200 block of South Shore Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes. That was the last place he was ever seen. Shirley said Smart had just gotten a new job. He said Smart had been hired by a trucking company in South Carolina and was scheduled for orientation to start driving the truck. Smart would never make it to that orientation.
In a news release, Chief Jordan said after the story aired in May of 2018, new information came to light. He said new leads were established and that led to the arrest of O’Daniels.
In court this afternoon, prosecutors gave more information on the arrest. Assistant District Attorney Jenna Early said someone called the SBI with a name of a person with information after they saw the #Unsolved story on Smart.
Early said Smart met O’Daniels while he was in jail on a DWI charged back in June of 1995. Early said they were living together in O’Daniels’ house when Smart went missing in 1995.
Early said the tip led investigators to a circle of four of O’Daniels’s friends to come forward with information including a former girlfriend.
O’Daniels is now charged with murder. District Attorney Jon David said it is an interesting case, because it is a cold case and it is a no body homicide.
The judge gave O’Daniels a $750,000 secured bond. His next court date is July 23.
David asks anyone who knows any family or friends of Smart to call Boiling Spring Lakes Police or anyone who has heard O’Daniels talk about the case or make comments about what he has done. David said sometimes people who have committed crimes will use it to scare people.