On June 7, Forsyth’s family said in an interview with Fox News that police investigating the murder kept them “in the dark.” The family also claimed the deceased doctor was involved in a “crypto-related” kidnapping in 2022.
“The Missouri state police told us, ‘We know more than you think we do. We are mad we are being kept so in the dark.”– Forsyth’s brother Richard Forsyth told Fox News Digital.
John Forsyth’s body was found floating in an Arkansas lake in the Ozarks, nine days after he went missing after completing his hospital shift in Cassville, Missouri. Discovered with a gunshot wound, Forsyth previously told the family he believed he “might be in danger.”
Police detectives questioned Richard for two hours on May 30, though they did not share specific details from the investigation, the family added.
The family also said in the interview that a mutual friend informed them that John was kidnapped and released in February last year, with the anonymous source also alleging the supposed abduction was related to crypto.
Number of crypto-related murders rising
Forsyth, who made a fortune after investing in Bitcoin early on, is one of several crypto millionaires who lost their lives in recent months.
Notably, Nikolai Mushegian, co-founder of MakerDAO, was found dead in October 2022 on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, several hours after he tweeted that intelligence agencies were planning to kill him.
A month later, cryptocurrency broker Javier Bosca, who was also one being investigated as part of Spain’s biggest probe into crypto fraud, was discovered dead in an apparent suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of a hotel in Estepona.
More recently, award-winning journalist Ian Helpering who went undercover in the crypto world for three years described the industry as a “Wild West.” Halperin said the space of crypto is littered with “kid millionaires” who were likely killed or faked their own deaths.