Donald David Smatlak

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Above Images: Smatlak, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 28, 2006 from North Versailles, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 15, 1980
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0 - 6'1, 230 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Smatlak's nickname is Donny. His ears are pierced and he has a gap between his front teeth and a small scar on the lower left side of his lip. Smatlak has a Chinese symbol tattooed in the center of his back and on his right shin in black ink, and a tattoo of his name in Chinese on the center of his chest in black ink. He wore a goatee at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Diamond studs in both ears, a gold chain and a gold bracelet on his left wrist. Clothing unknown, but he usually wears oversized shirts or sweaters, baggy jeans with a belt, tan boots and a suede jacket.
  • Medical Conditions: Smatlak has an unspecified medical condition and is in need of medication.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Smatlak last had contact with his family at approximately 4:00 p.m. on January 28, 2006, by telephone from his residence in the 1000 block of Logan Road in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. He he said he was going to visit a friend in Delmont, Pennsylvania, but never arrived. He was scheduled to eat dinner with his parents the next day, but never made it there. He has never been heard from again. His vehicle, a silver four-door 2004 Mazda 3, was found abandoned shortly before noon on February 9, 2006, at Meyran Avenue and Louisa Street in Oakland, Pennsylvania. The windows were rolled down and snow had gotten inside. His loved ones stated he did not have any known friends in the Oakland area and they did not believe he would have deliberately left his car with the windows rolled down. When his apartment was checked, it was clean and there were no indications of a struggle or foul play.

    Smatlak graduated from Norwin High School and the University of Pittsburgh; his degree is in criminal justice. Before his disappearance he was employed in the produce section of the North Versailles Giant Eagle store, but he lost his job shortly before he went missing. He was looking for another job and had an interview scheduled in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. By January 2006 he had been living on his own for nine months and had been seeing the same woman for two years.

    Smatlak has not used his cellular phone or access his bank accounts since his disappearance. He was close to his parents and spoke to them every few days, and his family says it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    North Versailles Police Department
    412-823-1111

    OR
    412-473-3000

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Donald David Smatlak Website
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    The Pittsburgh Channel
    WPXI

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 3, 2008; details of disappearance updated.

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