by: David Ham Updated:
BOTHELL, Wash. - The estranged husband of a woman who was found dead in her Bothell bathtub was arrested Thursday for obstructing a law enforcement officer when he refused to hand over his passport.
Officers were at his home to serve a search warrant for the passport. He has not been charged with her death.
Investigators think Alan Smith might have been involved in the death of his wife, Susann Smith. She died at the home in February, having been stabbed and beaten so badly she had to be identified by her dental records.
Police have only named Smith as a person of interest. KIRO 7 asked Allan Smith earlier this year if he had anything to do with his wife’s death.
“I would not like to speak with you, please,” he responded. “Please leave me at peace.”
Court documents show Susann Smith could have been beaten with a mallet – one that investigators found Allan Smith bought at Home Depot along with coveralls months before Susann Smith’s death.
Investigators also found traces of blood on the steering wheel of Alan Smith’s Mercedes and on his backpack.
“We’re still heartbroken over the whole thing,” Susann Smith’s friend, Rose Buckley, told KIRO earlier this year.
Recently, neighbors have been bothered by Smith moving back into the house where his wife was killed with a new girlfriend, Love Thai.
Neighbors have called police about her sunbathing naked and loud noises in the middle of the night, believed by some neighbors to be the couple having sex in the front yard.
“It’s harassment. What the Bothell police are doing to him (Smith) is harassment,” Thai said when KIRO 7 caught up with her. “He’s a person of interests in a case, but there’s been no formal charge.”
Days before Susann Smith was killed, Alan Smith looked up airfare for himself and his two kids to Venezuela, and looked up the best places to live in Central America, police said.
“You surmise things, but that doesn’t mean it’s solved,” Buckley said. “It seems pretty obvious, but like I said, you have to be sure.”