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UT MACIN SMITH: Missing from St. George, UT - 01 Sept. 2015 - Age 17

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by fran, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Macin Smith’s mom reveals new search plan for missing son

    As missing St. George teenager Macin Smith’s family passes the two-year mark of his disappearance, his mom is speaking about a new search has been planned in his hometown and how she hopes it will bring a resolution, whatever that may be.

    Twenty-five months later, despite hundreds of leads and potential sightings, the Smith family has no more concrete information than they had back at the beginning.

    “There are so many possibilities that Macin could have wandered off to and perhaps not been able to reach out for help,” Bratt-Smith said. “He could have been isolated, alone and without the skills to survive on his own. We need to continue to search for him and provide a resolution to Macin’s story. If he’s no longer with us, he needs to be given a final resting place. If he’s still out experiencing life, he needs to know, we will not give up on him. WE LOVE HIM NO MATTER WHAT the circumstances are. Our hearts are fractured until we can bring him home, no matter what that scenario looks like.”

    Now, friends of the family, who call themselves Macin’s Army, are organizing a search in St. George on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they hope 200 people will join them.

  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Utah teen Macin Smith was last seen on September 1, 2015, leaving his St. George, Utah home for what his parents believed was another day of high school. The 17-year-old never showed up to Desert High School. All of his personal belongings, including his cell phone and wallet, were found at home. In the two years since, family members have desperately searched for the teen, who police have classified as a juvenile runaway. Hundreds continue to post almost daily on the 'Help Find Macin Smith' Facebook page. There have been multiple reports of possible sightings of Macin, but none has proved credible. If you have any information regarding Macin’s case, please contact the St. George Police Department at (435) 627-4300.

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  4. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Wonder what ever became of this find:

    Exclusive: New questions raised by Macin Smith search as XL T-shirt found

    ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 15, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — It’s likely to be a complete coincidence that an extra-large plain white T-shirt was found by volunteers searching for missing teen Macin Smith at the edge of the Virgin River in St. George Saturday....
    Because Macin — who walked away from home at age 17 in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2015, when his parents thought he was on his way to school — is 6 foot 4 inches tall, 200 pounds, and wears an extra large.

    And, as Bratt-Smith told Gephardt Daily exclusively, Macin did like to wear solid colors and plain white T-shirts.

    More at: http://gephardtdaily.com/breaking-h...by-macin-smith-search-as-xl-t-shirt-is-found/
  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Good question! I didn't know they actually found something on a search.
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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Missing Utah teen's mom challenges others to acts of kindness as son's 20th birthday approaches

    It’s been 2 ½ years since her 17-year-old son disappeared without a trace from their St. George home and now, as his 20th birthday approaches, Macin Smith’s mom is encouraging others to do 20 random acts of kindness as a way to honor her son.

    Little is known about what happened to the St. George teen after he left his home in September, 2015. But for his parents, Tracey and Darren Smith, his siblings, extended family, friends and even strangers who never met the blue-eyed, blond-haired boy, they hold onto the hope that one day they will have answers.

    Tracey Bratt-Smith said they are starting to work with a case manager to help generate an age progressed photo of her son.

    “He will no longer be a teenager, he will be into that young adult phase of his life,” Bratt-Smith said. “So it is necessary to upgrade and see what he could possibly look like at this point.”

    Bratt-Smith says the company will take a picture of her and her husband when they were 20 as well as Macin’s siblings and they use an original picture of him to come up with something that will be close to what he would look like now, even though she said would rather see him in person to find out.

    The family is also in possession of Macin’s hard drive.

    “We are trying to figure out how to get information from it,” Bratt-Smith said. “So we are in the process of doing that.”

  7. Coldjustice

    Coldjustice Founder of Bring our Missing Home, Inc.

    Still nothing new Sue, No leads or Tips
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Macin Smith still missing — with no hot leads — more than 2.5 years later

    Two years and seven months after he left his St. George home, the one thing known to be true about Macin Smith's disappearance is that he was never seen or heard from again.

    Smith — who went missing when he was a 17-year-old high school student — is now 20 years old, and his whereabouts remain unknown among his family, police detectives and the community at large.

    Perhaps the most perplexing aspects of Smith's case are that he seemingly left with the clothes on his back, his electronics have given little information to detectives, and there have been zero confirmed sightings of him.

    Police detectives and Smith's family receive reports of sightings, theories, and even psychic visions on a daily basis, according to Gailey.

    Those leads are all taken seriously, regardless of who or where it comes from. Gailey said some of the psychics have said Smith is dead.

    "We've been told he's alive in California, that he's buried 6-feet under gravel close to his home town, that he's hiding in trees, or he's back in Canada..." Gaily said. "Ninety percent of his doppelgangers are in the California area."

    The family has also received tips that Smith was seen in Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Mexico. But because there's typically not enough information to follow up on the lead, namely a photo or video of the person in question, most of these types of tips are ruled out by other means.

    The way Gailey sees it is there are two scenarios that seem the most likely: First, Smith is deceased. Second, Smith is being held against his will.

    "There's always the possibility that he does not want to be found, but I do not believe that's in his nature," she explained. "He was a mama's boy and accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I personally do not believe he is homeless and simply just not contacting his family."

    Of course, Gailey added, both of those theories are simply speculation. Nothing — not even the theory that Smith is deceased — has panned out.

    "The only thing that has really changed is that we have been able to rule out a few of the mysteries of potential sightings," Gailey said. "He literally vanished."

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Coalition offers $3K reward to help solve Utah cold cases

    A coalition of lawyers, investigators, volunteers and companies is offering a $3,000 reward for information that solves or leads to convictions in any of the 200 unsolved cases of killings and disappearances in Utah.

    The founders of Utah Cold Case Coalition announced the reward this week in Salt Lake City while gathered with family members of victims.

    The coalition is hoping its efforts will be aided by "Rosie's Law," which the state Legislature passed earlier this year to create a statewide database of killings and disappearances that have gone unsolved for at least three years. The coalition is helping design the system intended to share case information among investigators.

    The law is named after Rosie Tapia, a 6-year-old killed in Salt Lake City in 1995.

    One missing-person case in the area, however, is nearing the three-year mark. Macin Smith was a 17-year-old high school student when he went missing Sept. 1, 2015. He left his house to catch the bus for school but was never seen or heard from again. Smith is described as 6-foot-4 with blond hair and blue eyes and weighed 200 pounds at the time of his disappearance.

    Smith is intrinsically shy and not confrontational, family and authorities have said.

    Anyone who has information about Smith is asked to call St. George police at 435-627-4300. There is a $10,000 reward for any information regarding his whereabouts.

  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Search until we can’t walk anymore’: Over 100 volunteers prepared to search for Macin Smith nearly 3 years later

    Macin Smith has been missing for nearly three years, but those who are concerned about his welfare – from family and friends to strangers across the U.S. – haven’t given up on looking for him.

    Joylne Gailey told St. George news that a friend of hers added her a year ago to the Help Find Macin Smith #MacinsArmy Facebook page, which has garnered over 56,500 followers. She said it changed her life. Now she’s driving to St. George to help orchestrate a desert search for Smith on Sept. 8.

    Now the search continues for Smith with a desert search Sept. 8 in the area of 3000 East Banded Hills Drive. This is an area members of #MacinsArmy have searched before.

    “We actually decided to revisit an area that has already been done,” Gailey said. “After almost three years we have better knowledge, and we are able to think more clearly as to what his thoughts could have been or how far he could have traveled.”


    FACEBOOK EVENT - Desert Search 2018 Help find Macin Smith - https://www.facebook.com/events/125498828242242/

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  11. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    17-year-old Macin Smith went missing in 2015. Now his family hopes to find his body

    Tracey Bratt-Smith knows exactly how far away from home she needs to search — 2 1/2 miles.

    That, Bratt-Smith has learned, is usually the radius people travel before they die by suicide. She believes if searchers stay within that distance from her home in St. George, they will find her son, Macin Smith.

    “We’ve done many searches around the perimeter," Bratt-Smith said, "but there’s so much desert area and rock cliffs and terrain that we’ve never meticulously looked in.”
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    No signs of Macin Smith, missing three years, in latest southern Utah search

    Volunteers searched Saturday in St. George for 17-year-old Macin Smith, but they again failed to find his remains.

    A Twitter account run by family and supporters said “no signs” of him were found.

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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Memorial bench in honor of Macin Smith unveiled at new park in St. George

    A new tribute to Macin Smith, the teen who went missing over three years ago, was unveiled in St. George Monday, a physical representation of the enduring effort of an entire community committed to finding him.

    Friends, families and supporters of Smith gathered at the newly constructed Crimson Ridge Park on 3000 East at 5:15 p.m. to witness the unveiling of a custom-made memorial bench in honor of Smith.

    The specially designed metal bench features a bright-eyed, smiling portrait of Smith, a depiction of what he looked like as a 17-year-old when he went missing from his St. George home Sept. 1, 2015.

    A couple dozen of Smith’s many supporters were at the park for the unveiling of the memorial bench, where a short ceremony paid tribute to him and his family.

    “It’s hard that we’re here for this occasion, but it’s nice to be gathered with everyone that loves Macin so much and cares so much for him,” event organizer Kaitlyn Wilson said.

    Wilson said she relates to Smith and hopes the bench will serve as a beacon of encouragement.

    The bench was donated by Hurricane-based FX Industries, a metal-working company.

    “We’re proud of it,” FX Industries General Manager Wil DuCrest said.

    “We got the idea to do the bench from the interview that Tracey did with St. George News about the last search for Macin,” DuCrest said. “She had said that she wanted something to basically go to and visit, and we also wanted it to be a place for other people who might be fighting with what Macin was dealing with.”



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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Macin Smith: Missing man's family calls for letters celebrating his upcoming birthday

    Macin Smith, the man who walked out of his St. George home when he was a teenager and never returned, would be turning 21 years old in April.

    The tens of thousands of people who have supported Macin and his family aren't letting them celebrate alone, though.

    Jolyne Gailey, an administrator on the "Help Find Macin Smith" Facebook page, has called for members of the group to write a letter to Macin's mother or to Macin himself.

    Gailey said each year that comes and goes without answers, the more painful it is for his family and close friends.

    "The heartache and not knowing is unbearable at times," Gailey said. "I try to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday or advertise searches with as much hype as I can."

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  16. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Police focused missing Utah teen case on parents

    By Pat Reavy Ladd Egan Published: May 16, 2019 9:50 pm

    But while police are exploring the possibility that Macin ran away from home, court documents indicate that detectives have also been exploring the possibility that Macin was murdered.

    The Deseret News has collected and reviewed nearly a dozen search warrant affidavits filed by St. George police in 7th District Court over the past couple of years regarding the Macin Smith investigation. Several of the warrants state that police are collecting evidence to investigate “the crime or crimes of criminal homicide.”

    Some of the warrants openly raise questions about the actions and statements from Macin’s parents — including allegations that Macin's parents never called detectives for updates about the case, that they didn't participate in searches for their son and made inconsistent statements.
  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Whoa! I didn't see that coming!
  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I would be downright SHOCKED if anything came of that investigative angle.
    However, I'm glad they at least looked into it. It would be negligent not to, in all cases. IMO.
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    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

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  20. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Who left a Barbie doll on Rosie Tapia’s grave? That was the question Thursday at a press conference held by the Utah Cold Case Coalition, and, 23 years later, they still don't know, but they continue to ask for your help.

    "I’m hoping the Lord will let me live until we find the person who took my daughter," said Lewine Tapia, Rosie's mother.

    Rosie Tapia was 6 years old when she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City apartment and sexually assaulted back in August of 1995. Her body was found several hours later in a canal off the Jordan River.

    "She was a happy child," Tapia said. "She always had a smile on her face."

    Rosie would have been 30-years-old Thursday. Instead, she rests in a grave at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. This is where her mom says she found a Barbie doll.

    After Rosie’s passing, there were items that were left on her gravesite," said Tapia, "so I just gathered them up and took them home."

    23 years later, the Utah Cold Case Coalition says there are factors that have led them to believe the doll may be a valuable clue. They say two possible persons of interest have been identified who had some fixation with barbies.

    "It’s a Sweetheart Barbie that was manufactured in 1994," said private investigator Jason Jensen.

    Francine Bardole with West Jordan Police says they are using a new cutting edge DNA extraction method on the doll.

    "In this buffer solution are the skin cells from those who have touched the evidence," said Bardole, a forensic analyst with West Jordan City Police.

    But coalition members say DNA analysis is expensive for the nonprofit, and are asking for the public's help.

    "If somebody will come forward and say, 'I know who left that there,' or, 'I left that there,' then we may be able to confirm that; that might save those resources," said Karra Porter, co-founder of Utah Cold Case Coalition.

    The coalition plans to wait at least four to six weeks to move forward with the analysis. Tapia said she's not putting too much hope into this lead, but would welcome any answers as to who may have done this to her daughter.

    "I’m just happy that we’re getting a lot done on her case and people are willing to help," she said.

    We spoke with Salt Lake City Police who say they have no updates on this investigation. If you have any information on the case, you are urged to contact the Utah Cold Case Coalition at 385-CLUE.
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