Family questions investigation after Mobile man dies in attorney's car
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Serious questions are being raised about Mobile Police's handling of a death investigation.
Garrett Smith, 28, was found unresponsive last week on Dauphin Island Parkway. Local 15 News has learned Smith was with a Mobile attorney when 9-1-1 was called. Local 15's Andrea Ramey spoke exclusively with Smith's family about their frustrations with this case.
Garrett Smith's family says they are at their wits end trying to find out what happened. They don't know how he died, and they feel the Mobile Police Department is not doing enough to get answers.
Last Monday afternoon, Garrett Smith was with attorney Michael Wing in Wing's gray BMW off Dauphin Island Parkway when he became unresponsive. Smith was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
"We're still in shock and disbelief," said Garrett's brother Michael Smith.
According to Mobile Police, his death is not considered a homicide, but Garrett's family says there are plenty of suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
"He had no personal belongings on him, no cell phone, no keys, no wallet, no shoes on. It's just pretty bizarre," said Michael.
Michael says Garrett had been staying with friends on Dauphin Island the weekend before he died, and there's a large gap in time from 6 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., when 911 was called, that no one can account for where he was.
"We were told he left Dauphin Island around 6 a.m. His girlfriend had been calling him all day. Nobody heard from him all day," said Michael.
When we first asked Mobile Police last week about Garrett's death. A spokesperson told us there were "no signs of foul play or criminal misconduct." Again today, we asked about the case and were told there is "no evidence to support that the death is criminal in nature."
"It seems like me and my family has done more investigating than they have. We were able to get in touch with someone on scene, who noticed my brother and went to help him, felt his pulse. There was no pulse, and he said he was cold. I gave the detective his number. They didn't bother to call him until today," said Michael.
The police report we obtained noted police found marijuana. An attorney speaking for Wing told us Wing did not do drugs with Garrett Smith or witness him taking drugs.
"How was he able just to go home? I don't understand." said Michael. "We just want to know what happened."
Smith's family says they have not received the time of death from the autopsy results and were told toxicology results will take months. They also say he did not have any previous known medical conditions that could explain his sudden death.
We want to emphasize, Wing has not been charged with any crime and an attorney representing him said in a statement he has cooperated with police.