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Bahamas police enter Smith’s mansion

Police on Thursday entered the oceanfront home that was shared by Anna Nicole Smith and her companion, Howard K. Stern, until the former Playboy Playmate’s death.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Crime scene investigators worked Thursday at the oceanfront house shared by Anna Nicole Smith and her partner, Howard K. Stern, to investigate the theft of a computer and other items.

Members of the crime scene unit, who could be seen taking photos and video of the outside of the home, are investigating a burglary complaint filed by Stern, said Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. He wouldn’t disclose further details about the case.

Stern, who was at the mansion during Thursday’s inspection, filed a burglary report after claiming that a computer with photos stored on the hard drive, home videos and other items were taken from the mansion before he returned from Florida, where the 39-year-old former model collapsed and died on Feb. 8.

Ford Shelley, the son-in-law of a South Carolina developer who claims ownership of the property, said he entered the property a day after Smith’s death to “secure” it after he heard that someone had been removing items.

Inside a refrigerator in a bedroom, Shelley said he saw a bottle of methadone, a substance which a private examiner said contributed to the death of Smith’s son on Sept. 10 while he visited his mother and newborn half-sister in the Bahamas.

Shelley declined comment on Stern’s allegations that he stole personal property while inside the mansion.

As for Thursday’s police visit, Shelley said “there was no break-in at that house so that doesn’t affect me at all.”

Wayne Munroe, an attorney for Smith’s estate, said police removed computer hard drives and other items as evidence and that he had arranged for witnesses to be at the home to speak to investigators.

Munroe also commented on the dispute over where Smith would be buried, saying the former Playboy Playmate had made plans to be buried in the Bahamas after her son died there.

Smith bought funeral plots for four people — Daniel, her daughter Dannielynn, Stern and herself, he said.

“That is how she looked at her life and her world. Those four persons,” Munroe said.