There has been another turn in the investigation into the shocking death of Adelaide woman Ann Marie Smith, with police seeking information about how her car attracted multiple traffic fines while she was unable to drive.
- Ann Marie Smith’s death caused public shock when details were revealed
- Police are looking for information about who used her car between 2015 and 2020
- Fines received were paid from her bank account
Ms Smith, who had cerebral palsy, died of profound septic shock and multiple organ failure in April, and was also suffering malnutrition.
Police believe the 54-year-old may have spent up to a year sitting in a cane chair prior to her death.
They launched a manslaughter investigation into her death last month, and on Wednesday made a public appeal for information about missing jewellery and fridges.
Major Crime Detective Superintendent Des Bray today revealed Ms Smith’s car had been used multiple times between 2015 and her death.
The car, a silver 1998 Honda Accord sedan with registration WDR 166, was registered in Ms Smith’s name.
Superintendent Bray said the car had been used legitimately by carers to take Ms Smith to and from her house.
However, he said an unknown person used the car for their own purposes.
“These fines totalled $2,161.
“We want to know who was driving that car at that time.”
The fines include two speeding offences recorded at Firle on August 29, 2015, and two offences for going through red lights, at Norwood on January 20, 2017, and at Enfield on February 11, 2018.
Police said the fines were paid with funds from Ms Smith’s bank account, and resulted in her being disqualified from holding a drivers licence for three months.
The speed and red-light camera images did not show who was inside the vehicles, Superintendent Bray said.
Others visited and used car
Investigators also believe a man left a covered car in Ms Smith’s garage earlier this year and instead used Ms Smith’s car.
“Anybody who saw the person who took Annie’s car or the type and make of the car that he left would be very helpful,” Superintendent Bray said.
They are also seeking information about a man and woman who they believe visited Ms Smith’s Kensington Park home regularly during October and November in 2018.
“There was a man — a middle-aged man — and a woman who attended the home regularly in that period, and significantly, that’s a period when we know that the carer wasn’t attending,” Superintendent Bray said.
While police have still not had any contact from healthcare workers who may have treated Ms Smith since 2015, they are seeking a hairdresser who she went to in Norwood and who visited her at home.
“If Pat’s out there and you’re listening, I’d encourage you to contact Crime Stoppers,” Superintendent Bray said.