Correction: Man arrested for murder

29 year old booked into jail

March 06, 2017 - by Danette Beckley

CORRECTION: An earlier news release had the victim's name incorrect. The correct name is Aurora Buol-Smith, not Boul-Smith. 

Sheaen E. Smith was booked into the Whatcom County jail last evening for Murder in the second degree.  Officers and firefighters responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 1500 block of McKenzie Avenue, in response to a 911 call.  When emergency personnel arrived shortly after 2:00 pm,  they located a deceased female.  The female was identified as 57 year old Aurora Smith.  Information learned later shows Aurora's last name as hyphenated, Buol-Smith.

Sheaen Smith was located and contacted by responding officers in an upstairs bedroom of the residence.  Smith made several statements, including one to the effect of “I stabbed her.”  Smith identified the deceased female as his mother, and told officers he had called 911.

Smith was transported to the police department for an interview.  Based on information provided by Smith, a knife was located in the residence.   Detectives believe the knife they located is the one that was used to stab Buol-Smith.

Smith made numerous statements to officers and detectives regarding why he stabbed Buol-Smith. This includes a statement that he was a werewolf, and his mother a vampire.  

Detectives and crime scene investigators will continue to work closely with the medical examiner and the prosecutor's office on this case.


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​Danette Beckley, Public Information
Bellingham Police Department

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