Crime scene investigators worked at the oceanfront house shared by Anna Nicole Smith and her partner, Howard K. Stern, to investigate the alleged 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 on Thursday, 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.
Police in South Carolina said items taken from the disputed Bahamas home - two laptops, a portable hard drive, mini-video cassette tapes and a clear plastic shopping bag containing various papers and video tapes - were handed over to Seminole, Florida, authorities on Thursday afternoon. Shelley had given the items to the Horry County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina, said Brian Cavanagh, Florida assistant state attorney.
Shelley said Thursday night that he took the laptops and other items he thought might be valuable, including some of Smith's artwork, to protect them from people entering the house.
"We knew people had been there all day long moving stuff ... and the baby's nursery was empty except for the changing table and the dresser," Shelley said. "We got the computer. We took the pictures that Anna painted herself."
Shelley said he is still holding onto the paintings for Smith's daughter, Dannielynn.
"We felt like we needed to take those for Dannielynn because we did not know who was going to be coming through that house," he said. "All that stuff belongs to Dannielynn. ... We don't want it we just did it to help them."
Inside a refrigerator in a bedroom, Shelley said he saw a bottle of methadone - a substance that was found in her son Daniel's system after he died in the Bahamas on Sept. 10 - and called the local police.
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 house, known as Horizons, to speak to investigators, the AP reports.
Separately, Munroe - commenting on the dispute over where Smith would be buried - said Smith had made plans to be buried in the Bahamas after her Daniel died in the island nation. She also bought funeral plots for four people - Daniel, Dannielynn, Stern and herself, Munroe said.
"That is how she looked at her life and her world. Those four persons," he said.
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