Roy Lee Smith & George Kennedy – both Registered Sex Offenders – Persons of Interest in Missing Nevaeh case

Monroe County authorities said Thursday that a second man — a Monroe resident who’s also a convicted sex offender — is a second “person of interest” in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

Roy Lee Smith, 48, was released from state prison in February, 2008, after serving time for a 1991 conviction for criminal sexual conduct.


Smith is in custody in Monroe County on a parole violation said John Cordell, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Correction.

According to an affidavit, Smith gave his nephew’s van to George Kennedy, a convicted sex offender who remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation. Authorities have said Kennedy is also a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance.

A search warrant executed in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan revealed that the motel room of a convicted sex offender who police say is a “person of interest” in the case contained bloodstained shorts and a towel and bloodstains above the sink.

Hairs also were found in the room, where property was searched and some was seized, the search showed.

The last two children to see the girl on Sunday claimed that she went “into the woods and was kidnapped by a bad man” and was stabbed in the stomach, according to the search warrant.


One of the children said she witnessed Nevaeh being stabbed with a knife and “tried to help” but could not after she saw the girl going “into the woods … to meet Daddy George.”

Kennedy has been described by police and relatives as the boyfriend of Nevaeh’s mother, Jennifer Buchanan, and a “person of interest” in the case.

Kennedy remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation.

The warrant also covered a search of a vehicle believed to be driven by Kennedy.

In the center console of the van, a case for a JVC radio face was found to have “contained a silver multitool, which appeared to have blood on the exterior,” the warrant said.

A preliminary examination found the blood to be human.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte


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