WOODLAND — State police are hoping a $40,000 reward will bring in tips that lead them to the person who killed a Woodland man nearly four years ago.

The body of 56-year-old Darrel Smith was found by his wife in February 2008 inside the small sawmill he operated adjacent to his home in northern Maine.

Police say he had been robbed, then shot. Smith’s wallet was taken and a safe was missing from the residence.

Detective Sgt. John Cote tells the Bangor Daily News there have been no substantial developments in the past year, but hopes the reward will bring in information.

Cote says police have always believed the killer or killers were familiar with the sawmill, which was a cash only business and relied on word of mouth for customers.

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