Late Night: Joseph eats dinner with his friends at Noodles and company, and spend the evening with his roomates and Sigma Phi brother Jacob and Ben.
There's a receipt from Joseph's Noodles dinner. His roommates mentioned that evening they watch a baseball game and a movie.
Joseph's House - 500 Mitchell Street
Person With Information
11:00pm: Joseph's roommates claim they watch the blood moon with Joseph, then head to bed.
His roommates account was that because it was very cloudy, the viewing was uneventful. They then claim that everyone in the house went to their rooms and to bed by 11:30.
Late Night: At some point in the evening, Joseph messages a girl to invite her to a fratnerity party taking place later that evening.
Based on interviews conducted by the Cold Case Chronicles, this would contradict the roommates' story that everyone went to bed. She declined his offer.
4:15am: Vivianne recieves a strange text from Joseph very early in the morning.
The text reads, "Viv, I love you. I am leaving the country. By not telling you why, I’m keeping you safe and protected. Please don’t try to contact me at this number, it won’t work. I’ll contact you once I’m set up overseas. Thank you for everything Viv, I love you. And I’m sorry.” Vivianne felt this message was odd and very out of character for Joseph. His cell phone pinged in dowtown Bloomington when he sent this text.
4:15am - Location of Joseph's cell ping (7th & Walnut)
Sibling of Victim
4:45am: Joseph's cell phone records place him near Griffy Lake.
Joseph didn't own a working vehicle, so how was he getting out to the lake?
4:45am - Location of Joseph's cell ping (Griffy Lake)
6:30am: Joseph's cell phone records place him north of Bloomington, headed towards Griffy Lake.
Cellphone records suggest Smedley may have been in an area near Old Ind. 37 just north of Bloomington at approximately 6:30 a.m.
6:30am - Location of Joseph's cell ping (North of Bloomington)
Early Morning: Joseph is gone before his roommates wake up, and misses a fraternity meeting.
Joseph's roommates hadn't seen him in the morning, but that was not unusual for him to be gone before they woke up. It was unusual for him to miss a fraternity meeting.
Morning: When Joseph's roomates return to the apartment, they check his room. They find a note.
The note contains similar information as his text to his sister. "I had to leave the country. dont try to contact me via cell it wont work. will contact you once setup overseas. -Smedley 9/28"
The note is considered suspicious because all of his items including clothes, jacket, laptop, etc were still in the room. Also strange was that it was signed "Smedley" (a name seemingly only used by his fraternity brothers) and dated. His sister also believed it is not his handwriting and looks to be written by a left-handed person.
Afternoon: Vivianne reaches out to Joseph, but doesn't get an answer. She contacts IUPD for a wellness check.
Afternoon: Police call Vivianne claiming to have found Joseph in jail, but it turns out to be a different person with a similar name. Shortly after the mixup, police classified Smedley as a missing person.
Vivianne goes back and forth with IUPD when she learns the person is not her brother. She believes this could mean they wasted valuable investigation time.
Evening: Vivianne and her husband drive to Bloomington to see what's going on for themselves.
Joseph's roommates' say the police had already searched Joseph's room, but it was very quick and they only took his laptop. When Vivianne and her husband look in the room they find paychecks that Joseph potentially hadn't cashed, and items in his room that didn't belong to him, and a bottle of scotch Josephs vowed to never drink, empty with a note saying "Joesph Smedley will return." The bottle of scotch was never found.
Early Evening: Two fisherman spot a body in Griffy Lake and call the police.
The body was floating face up 10ft from land in 3ft deep water.
Where Joseph's body was found (Griffy Lake)
Early Morning: The body is identified as Joseph Smedley.
Joseph was wearing a black t-shirt, black cotton hoodie, socks, sweatpants, sock and shoes. He was wearing a pair of binoculars around his neck. He was wearing a backpack with 66lbs of rocks in it, with the front buckles buckled.
9:00am: Coroner performs autopsy at 9 a.m.
Corner Nicole Meyer said that Joseph's death was consistent with drowning, and there was no foul play involved.