Authorities in Marion County, Florida have identified Herbert Swilley, the husband of murder victim Timothy Smith, as a suspect in the case. Smith, 59, was found dead on March 25 after failing to show up for work. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office initially described his death as a result of a violent attack. Following the murder, Swilley created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for funeral expenses and a celebration of life, which garnered over $2,200 in donations.
The sheriff’s office revealed on Wednesday that Swilley is now considered a suspect in his husband’s murder. Swilley’s daughter, Jordan Swilley, is also a person of interest in the case. Detectives have attempted to speak with Swilley again, but his attorney has stated that he will only cooperate if granted immunity from prosecution for Timothy’s murder. Jordan Swilley initially provided a preliminary statement but has since declined further communication with detectives.
In light of these developments, the sheriff’s office has increased the reward for information leading to the resolution of the case to up to $14,500. Authorities are urging anyone with relevant information about Smith’s murder, including details about his activities leading up to his death and the relationship between Timothy and Herbert, to come forward.
The sheriff’s office can be contacted at (352) 368-3508 or the non-emergency number (352) 732-9111. To remain anonymous, individuals can call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at (352) 368-STOP (7867) and reference case number 23-21 in their tip.