Remains found of man murdered in 1996

September 27, 2013

Remains found in a shallow grave near a Montgomery County farm in May have been positively identified through DNA testing as those of a Carmel businessman who was murdered in 1996, investigators said Thursday. Craig Roberts, 47, who owned a landscaping firm, disappeared before Thanksgiving nearly 17 years ago. Employee John David Smith was convicted of murdering Roberts in 2001 in a case based on circumstantial evidence. Smith, who is serving a 95-year-sentence, told investigators where to find the body.