Israel Ray Smith

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Above Images: Smith, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 10, 2008 from Wytheville, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 18, 1980
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair. Some agencies spell Smith's first name "Isreal." His nickname is Is.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black leather jacket, a white dress shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Smith was last seen on March 10, 2008 in his hometown of Wytheville, Missouri. He completed his work shift at Radio Shack at 8:00 p.m., then went to visit his brother. He also spoke to his mother on the phone that day. He has never been heard from again. On March 14, the police conducted a welfare check on Smith and went to his apartment on east Fulton Street. The apartment was unlocked, the television was turned on, the game controller was plugged in and lying on the floor, and Smith's keys were on the coffee table. There were no signs of a struggle or forced entry. None of his belongings were missing and there were no indications that he'd planned to leave for an extended time period. Smith's green 1992 Ford Explorer with the Virginia license plate number KHA2683 was parked next to the apartment building, unlocked, with the keys inside as well as some clean laundry. It's uncharacteristic of him to leave his car unlocked.

    Smith had worked at Radio Shack since September 2007 and was considered an ideal employee who never missed work or was late without calling. He left behind a seven-year-old son. Smith and his son's mother never married and had ended their relationship years before. The child lived with her, but Smith visited him most weekends. His cellular phone hasn't been used since his disappearance and all calls are transferred to voice mail.

    Authorities stated there's no hard evidence of foul play in Smith's disappearance, but they don't believe he left of his own accord. His mother said he would never have left without warning or abandoned his son, and she fears he came to harm. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Wytheville Police Department
    276-223-3300

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    Source Information
    The Wytheville Enterprise
    The Southwest Times
    Virginia State Police
    WSLS 10
    NamUs
    WDBJ 7

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 25, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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