“Today makes one year that I have been without my father and my daughter has been without her grandfather,” his daughter, Linda-Rose Morris, said.

The family of Frank Smith, pictured above, are still searching for answers after he was shot dead in the NSW country town of Wellington. (9News)

“Precious time has been taken away from us – including the time my daughter had to know, and spend time with, her beloved pop.

“We now turn to the community of Wellington for answers. Please – if you know what happened to dad, come forward and help my family the answers we need after such a terrible year of heartache,” she said.

Police believe Mr Smith may have been shot on Reid Street before collapsing in the front yard of a home on Thornton Street.

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Frank Smith was shot in Wellington in 2020. (NSW Police)

A neighbour drove him to hospital, but he was pronounced dead about an hour after arriving at Wellington Hospital.

More than 100 locals and witnesses have made statements to police however the person responsible for the shooting remains unidentified.

“During the past 12 months, detectives have conducted a significant canvass, including speaking with several of Frank’s family, friends and associates – as well as reviewing CCTV in the area,” Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said

Last October, police released a video of a vehicle seen in the vicinity of Thornton Street shortly after Mr Smith was shot.

Police with the owner of the vehicle at the time however investigations remain ongoing.

“Homicide Squad detectives have returned to Wellington and would like to speak with anyone who hasn’t yet come forward to police to obtain justice for Frank,” Mr Doherty said.

Police have released an image of a car as part of the murder investigation into Frank Smith.
Police have released an image of a car as part of the murder investigation into Frank Smith. (NSW Police)



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