Three Afghan National Army Soldiers Missing From Cape Cod Base … Last Seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, MA (Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Cpt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada & Cpt. Noorullah Aminyar) (Update: Detained at US-Canada Border)
ABC News is reporting that 3 Afghanistan National Army soldiers are missing from their Cape Cod base in Massachusetts. The three soldiers arrived in the United States on September 11 for a training mission, Exercise Regional Cooperation. According to reports, they have gone missing after a trip to a shopping mall in Hyannis, MA. This is the second time in a week that Afghan security trainees in the United States have disappeared. The three men currently missing in Massachusetts are Afghanistan National Army Soldiers Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Cpt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Cpt. Noorullah Aminyar.
Police and military officials were searching Sunday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base.
The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, U.S. military officials said. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.
The soldiers were reporting missing by base security personnel on Saturday night. They were identified as Major Jan Mohammad Arash, Captain Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Captain Noorullah Aminyar.
Base and exercise officials were working with local and state authorities to locate them. There is no indication the soldiers pose any threat to the public, military officials said.
The Massachusetts National Guard said that the three soldiers do not appear to pose any threat to the public. Really? What are they going to say? We have let three Afghan high ranking soldiers out of our sight and are wondering around America? The three men were senior military officers from Afghanistan and were cleared by the US State Department to participate in the exercise. Oh that just makes me oh so confident. How is it that we cannot keep tabs on anyone who comes to this country? Do you know how far it is from Quantico, VA to Buffalo, NY?
This is not the first reported case of Afghan nationals who have gone missing while undergoing a training program in the US. Two Afghan policemen who were in taking part in an intensive DEA training program in Quantico, Va., went missing while on a sightseeing trip last Thursday. They were found in Buffalo, NY, on Friday.
Three Afghan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said.
Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Niagara Falls, Ont., said spokesman David Procopio, who did not have further details.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Niagara Falls said they didn’t have the men in custody. Messages left for Canada Border Services Agency weren’t immediately returned.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Jesse L. Matthew for Traffic Violation, Person of Interest in Case of Missing Hannah Graham
An arrest warrant has been issued for Jesse L. “JL” Matthew, the person of interest in the disappearance of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. The arrest warrant is not for his connection with the case of missing Hannah Graham, but instead for a traffic violation for reckless driving. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Sunday that Virginia State Police have issued warrants for Jesse Matthew on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving. Police Chief Longo went on the say, “I believe Jesse Matthew was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth because it’s been a week and we can’t find her. I’ve made no mistake about it. We want to talk to Jesse Matthew. We want to talk to him. We want to talk to him about his interaction with this sweet, young girl we can’t find.” 18 year old Hannah Elizabeth Graham has been missing since September 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew, POI
An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, but he is not being sought for anything to do with the case.
Charlottesville, Va., police said today they are looking for Jesse L. Matthew, 32, on two counts of reckless driving, because he sped away from the police station Saturday after showing up there and asking for a lawyer.
Police say Matthew was seen driving at a high rate of speed, before he evaded capture by authorities monitoring his whereabouts.
Matthew is still a “person with whom we would like to talk to about the whereabouts of Hannah Graham,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.
36 Year Old Rob Bironas, Ex-Tennessee Titans Kicker, Killed in Car Crash in Nashville, TN … Rest in Peace (Update: Reported Missing Prior to Fatal Accident)
SAD NEWS FROM THE NFL …
36 year old Rob Bironas, former kicker for the Tennessee Titans, was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, TN. According to accounts, Bironas was involved in a single vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his SUV, went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert. The accident occurred less than a mile from his home. Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said there was no evidence of alcohol on the scene. Rob Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Rob Bironas was a long time fan favorite for the Titans. Bironas kicked for the Titans from 2005 until 2013, when he was released on March 19, 2014 prior to the 2014 season.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rob Bironas. May the peace of the Lord be with you during these difficult times. He was one of the good guys.
January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014, RIP
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, Tenn.
He was 36.
According to Metro police, Bironas was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bironas lost control of the SUV he was driving while traveling at a high rate of speed, and the vehicle went off the road and hit several trees before ending up in a drainage culvert, upside down.
Bironas was transported Vanderbilt University Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of our friend, Rob Bironas. We appreciate your respect for the family’s privacy and your prayers at this time.
ESPN: Former Titan Rob Bironas dies.
Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement on the department website that his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert.
Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.
The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons. The Tennessean reported Bironas had worked out earlier this week for the Detroit Lions and for Tampa Bay during the offseason.
Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in June. Police spokesman Don Aaron said a police chaplain was with her after the crash
”We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas. Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family during this very difficult time.”
UPDATE I: The Tennessean – Wife of Rob Bironas reported him missing Saturday night.
Rob Bironas’ wife, Rachel Bradshaw, did not realize her husband had left their Nashville home Saturday night, according to police records.
Former Titans kicker Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville. He was 36. According to Metro police, Bironas was involved in a crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bradshaw called police Saturday night to report her husband was missing. She told a police officer that she and her husband had been watching a movie earlier that night at their home with a female friend.
Charlottesville Police ID the Person of Interest in the Case of Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham as Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew
The Charlottesville police have identified the POI in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham as Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew. The authorities had only previously described the person of interest as black male, 32-year-old, 6′ 2″ tall with dreadlocks dressed in all white. 18 year old Hannah Graham has been missing since 9/13/14.
Charlottesville police have identified the person of interest in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham as Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew. In a press conference on Friday, police revealed they had identified a person of interest in the case, but they did not release his name at that time. Police call him a person of interest, they have not referred to him as a suspect nor is he charged with any crime related to the Hannah Graham case. Police say they have had contact with him but formal questioning has not taken place.
Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew has confirmed he met the 18-year old in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and bought her drinks, but says she never got in his car. She went her way and he went his. Hmm, sounds an awful lot like he just left her on the beach, doesn’t it?
Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew
Police are executing a search warrant at a Charlottesville apartment complex in connection with the Hannah Graham disappearance.(Photo: Surae Chinn, WUSA)EXCLUSIVE: ‘Person of interest’ in hunt for missing Hannah Graham is a nursing assistant who admits he bought her drinks but claims he did NOT drive off with her in his car
- Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew has been reviewed as the man who was being sought in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham in Virginia
- Matthew is a nursing assistant at UVA Hospital
- Police converged on his building just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, to execute a search warrant
- Close friends identify Matthew as the man in the footage but remain skeptical he could have been behind the disappearance
- Police have said they’ve contacted the ‘person of interest’ but have no probable cause to arrest him
- Graham, a British-born sophomore raised in Virginia, was last seen on September 1
For more updates, read others comments and opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Person forum: Hannah Elizabeth Graham.
Disturbing: Body Found Inside 55 Gallon Cement Sealed Drum in Sorage Unit Likely Missing 22 Year Old Theresa DeKeyzer
22 year old Theresa DeKeyzer has been missing since Monday, June 16, 2014 in Warren, Michigan. Theresa has not been seen after being dropped off about four blocks from her home her boyfriend near 9 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. Also, her cellphone has not been used has her bank accounts been accessed since that day. Police have previously interviewed DeKeyzer’s 37-year-old boyfriend, Scott Wobbe, who is currently jailed in a drug case. They’ve also searched his home with cadaver dogs, but found no evidence to show that he was involved in DeKeyzer’s disappearance.
Now police have made a gruesome discovery in a Plymouth Township storage unit, the Travel Trailer Storage Facility, on Ann Arbor Road. While serving a search warrant on Thursday, police found a woman’s body inside a 55-gallon blue plastic drum that was filled with sand, sealed with cement and wrapped in plastic. The individual inside the 55 gallon drum is believed to be that of missing Theresa DeKeyzer. Although, authorities used tattoos, jewelry and clothing to help identify the body, they are awaiting the Wayne County medical examiners confirmation for a positive identification.
Dental records will be examined over the weekend to determine if a decomposed body found in a 55-gallon plastic drum is that of a missing Macomb County woman.
Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green tells The Associated Press Friday that there are “strong indications” the victim may be 22-year-old Theresa DeKeyzer.
“It was quite disturbing to see a 22-year-old young gal stuffed in a 55-gallon drum and cement poured over her in the fetal position,” Green told WWJ’s Mike Campbell.
The Wayne County medical examiner’s office says Friday that autopsy results are pending.
Warren police were executing a search warrant Thursday at the Travel Trailer Storage Facility, on Ann Arbor Road, when they found a woman’s body inside a 55-gallon blue plastic drum that was filled with sand, sealed with cement and wrapped in plastic. The barrel was apparently bolted to the floor of a small utility trailer at the facility.
The Detroit News: The storage lot was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.
The storage lot where Theresa DeKeyzer’s body was discovered Friday in a concrete-capped barrel was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.
Doris Temple, manager of Travel Trailer Storage on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township, wouldn’t identify the man who rented the space, citing privacy.
Police Identify Man Who Left Bar with Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham … Described as a 32 Year Old Black Male, 6′ 2″ with Dreadlocks (Update: Searched of His Car and Condo)
According to Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo in a press conference Friday, missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was seen by eyewitnesses and on video with a man on Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall early Saturday. Longo went on to say that they believe Graham went to a bar with him on the mall and they believe she was also in his car when he left. The police have searched a car and a condo Friday in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Police served a search warrant and seized a vehicle outside 164 Hessian Hills apartment complex in Albemarle County Friday morning. The apartments are “just minutes away” from the Downtown Mall where Graham was last seen on security camera video before she went missing on the morning of 9/13/14. The police have not named or arrested the person of interest, they have described him as a 32-year-old black man with long dreadlocks.
Press Conference: Passionate plea from Chief of Police Tim Longo in search of missing Hannah Graham … Everyone in the sound of my voice, you have the responsibility to find her
Police who searched a car and a condo Friday in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student almost a week ago say they have identified the man who was with Hannah Graham when she was last seen.
Witnesses saw Graham, 18, of Alexandria, Va., inside a downtown restaurant and bar early Saturday with a 32-year-old man who had been observed earlier on surveillance video tailing the sophomore, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said.
Before the two entered the bar, witnesses saw the man, dressed in all white, put his hands around Graham’s waist. At the bar, the man bought alcohol, and he and Graham left after 15 minutes, Longo said.
“People saw Hannah, and people saw him, and people saw them together,” Longo said.
Shortly after that, the man’s 1998 burnt orange Chrysler coupe left the city’s Downtown Mall area, a seven-block pedestrian strip lined with shops and restaurants. Longo said he believes that Graham was in that car.
“There was no probable cause to arrest him, no legally sufficient reason to detain him,” the police chief said. “He’s not in custody, but we know who he is.”
Police executed a search warrant of the man’s car, a 1997 burnt orange Chrysler Coupe, and an apartment at 164 Hessian Hills Way Friday morning. The man police were looking for was inside the apartment along with two other people, but he is not in custody, police said.
The man is described as a black male, 32-year-old, 6′ 2″ tall with dreadlocks dressed in all white. Multiple witnesses told police that a black man with dreadlocks turned around when he saw Hannah Graham walking on the Downtown Mall, police said.
“We’re interested in him,” Chief Tim Longo said, but did not call the man a suspect. Police said they have spoken with this man and want to speak with him again.
Anyone with information on her disappearance is asked to call Charlottesville police at 434-295-3851
Police Continue Search for Missing UVA Student, 18 Year Old Hannah Graham in Charlottesville, VA … Surveillance Video Showed She Was Followed (Update: Police Search for Man last seen talking to Missing Coed)
The search continues for 18 year old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Charlottesville, VA. Hannah Graham has been missing since 9/13/14, she was last seen by friends at Camden Plaza about 11:50 p.m. Friday, according to Facebook posts. Her last contact with friends via text message at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday saying she was lost walking home from a party near 14th and Wertland. Police are reviewing surveillance video showing the most recent time a missing University of Virginia student has been seen.
Surveillance video released Wednesday shows 18-year-old, second-year student Hannah Graham heading downtown early Saturday morning. Wednesday night, Charlottesville police released surveillance videos from Sal’s Caffe Italia – at 1:06 a.m. Saturday – and from Tuel Jewelers – at 1:08 a.m. – that show Graham walking on the downtown mall. A man is seen walking in front of Graham. He stops and is then seen walking behind her. Two minutes later, Graham is seen walking with another woman with the same man following them. The man has identified himself and has spoken to police, saying he followed Graham to see if she needed help. He says he saw another man put his arm around Graham, and now police are looking for that second man.
Thursday, police will pull more surveillance video to see where she and the unidentified man went next.
During a police press conference at CitySpace Wednesday afternoon, new surveillance video was shown. The video shows Graham in front of McGrady’s Irish Pub on Grady Avenue at 12:46 Saturday morning. Nine minutes later, at 12:55 a.m., security cameras at the Shell gas station caught Graham running, then walking, along Preston Avenue headed toward the downtown mall. Police say no one is seen chasing her in the surveillance video. Five minutes later, at 1 a.m., an eyewitness sitting in a car by Fellini’s restaurant spotted Graham turning the corner from Market Street heading toward the downtown mall on Second Street northwest. Surveillance video also shows her walking by Sal’s at 1:06 a.m. and by Tuel Jewelers at 1:08 a.m. A final text from Graham’s cellphone was sent at 1:20 a.m. saying she was lost back over by the UVA corner.
Charlottesville police put a call out for security camera footage from any other downtown businesses on Friday night or Saturday morning.
At a Wednesday press conference Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said they had received over 100 tips, interviewed over 50 people and had new video to examine.
Detectives visited businesses on the Downtown Mall, a pedestrian area located just over a mile away from the UVa. campus, to see if anyone had surveillance video that might show Graham’s path the night she disappeared.
Wednesday evening Capt. Gary Pleasants told CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit that they examined two new videos, which showed an unidentified white male following Graham.
Pleasants then said that the man in the video came to the police station, and said he had also left his story on the tip line.
He told police that he was walking with her to make sure she was okay, because she seemed physically distressed and he “wanted to make sure she got safely wherever she was going.”
The updated timeline of the last hours anyone heard from Graham looks like this:
- 11: 50 p.m. Friday — Graham last seen by friends at Camden Plaza Apartments, in the 200 block of 14th Street NW.
- 12:45 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen on surveillance video outside of McGrady’s Pub on Grady Street.
- 12:55 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen on Shell station surveillance video on Preston Ave.
- 1 a.m. Saturday — Witness reports seeing Graham on Downtown Mall
- 1:06 a.m. Saturday — Video captures Graham in front of Sal’s, continuing to walk east along the mall.
- 1:08 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen in front of Tuel Jewelers.
- 1:20 a.m. Saturday — Graham sends a text to friends saying she was lost in the area around 14th and Wertland Streets.
Seeking the public’s help, authorities released a description of a man who a witness said approached the student in an off-campus pedestrian mall.
The unidentified man reportedly spoke with Hannah Graham shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday and put his arm around her as she walked along the Downtown Mall on East Main Street, a row of stores east of the University of Virginia’s main campus. Police want to speak with the man and consider him a “person of interest” but as yet have given no indication that he is directly connected to Graham’s disappearance.
If you have information on this case, call the dedicated tip line: 434-295-3851 at the Charlottesville Police Department.
FDLE Issues Missing Child Alert For Pregnant Teen, 15 Year Old Lindsey Turner … Missing Since 9/8/14 in Hialeah, FL (Update: Believed to be with 24 Year Old Hailey Vallier)
Child Alert For Missing Pregnant Teen … 15 Year Old Lindsey Turner.
15 year old Lindsey Turner has been missing since September 8, 2014 in Hialeah, Florida who was last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah, a Miami suburb. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has activated a missing child alert for Lindsey Turner. The missing 15 year old is pregnant and ver near her due date. Authorities say Lindsay may be in the company of 24 year old Hailey Vallier, a white male, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. 24 year old Hailey Vallier, As reported at the Orlando Sentinel, the two may be on their way to Orlando, and could also be heading to Charlotte County in southwest Florida. Also, the authorities did not say how the two know one another or release any other information. Hmm, I think we can figure that one out as to how the two “know” each other. Vallier was recently released from jail.
15 Year Old Lindsey Turner, left – 24 year old Hailey Vallier, right
15-year-old Lindsey Turner was last seen September 8th in the 1900 block of West 60th Street in Hialeah.
She may be in the company of 24-year-old Hailey Vallier.
Turner is pregnant and very close to her due date.
According to the FDLE, they may be travelling in a 1996 White Nissan Sentra, Florida tag number 2214PC.
The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close-in-age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.
794.05 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.– (1) A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. As used in this section, “sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose Florida code, Title XLVI, Chapter 794
If you have any information on their location, contact the Hialeah Police Department at 305-687-2525 or 911
18 Year Old University of Virginia Student Hannah Elizabeth Graham Missing Since 9/13/14 in Charlottesville, VA (VIDEO)
18 year old coed Hannah Elizabeth Graham has been missing since September 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hannah Elizabeth Graham. a student at the University of Virginia, was last seen by friends at Camden Plaza about 11:50 p.m. Friday, according to Facebook posts. Her last contact with friends via text message at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday saying she was lost walking home from a party near 14th and Wertland. She texted a friend after leaving a party, “I’m lost, come find me.”
Police say that Hannah Elizabeth Graham last had contact with friends via text message at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. She was last seen Friday night/Saturday morning between midnight and 1 a.m.
On Sunday, friends and family realized they hadn’t seen or had contact with Graham, and a call was placed to the Emergency Communications Center to report her missing. The Charlottesville Police Department then notified the UVa Police Department of the report.
UVa has set up a website with information on the case along with a letter from the Chief of Police, Michael Gibson. On the page, Graham is described as 5’11″ with a skinny build, blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs.
VIDEO – ABC7 WJLA
Police released photos taken from a surveillance camera three hours before Graham went missing. The images show her dressed in black slacks and a gold and black, bare-midriff top with mesh cutouts, the same outfit she is believed to have worn at the time she went missing.
Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said state police have been in close contact with city investigators but are not currently involved in the investigation.
“We are in communication and we’re assisting where we can,” Geller said.
The search for Graham is hitting social media as well as the streets.
Pleas from Graham’s friends are being shared on hundreds of Facebook pages and friends on Twitter have reported that she told friends she was headed to a party before she disappeared.
UPDATE I: Police Search for Missing UVA Student.
There are numerous surveillance cameras in the search area and police have collected a number of videos, including one of Graham leaving her apartment complex.
Graham is described as approximately 5’11″ tall with a skinny build, with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cutouts.
Charlottesville police started looking for Graham Sunday when she was reported missing. “Detectives are out speaking with any person who had communication with her. Detectives are searching her phone records, bank accounts, computer, to see if there is any indication of where she might be,” said Captain Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department.
On Sunday searchers used a bloodhound to try to track a scent but it turned up nothing. Searchers will likely bring in another bloodhound Tuesday.
Monday, the Virginia State Police joined the search.
Hannah Elizabeth Graham, the missing University of Virginia student who has not been heard from since Saturday, was spotted on surveillance video outside of a bar early Saturday morning, according to the Charlottesville Police Department.
The FBI joined the search for Graham on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office assisted with what they are calling a search and rescue effort.
“Last night we expanded our search about 25 to 30 blocks Right now we are focusing on another five to six block area which is outside of the zone we looked at last night,” said Captain Guy Williams of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.
Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.
The shift in the search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham is based on video that police obtained showing Graham walking early Saturday outside of a bar where she was last seen, Charlottesville police Lt. Robbie Roberts said.
The video, which was not released, shifted the search east of the original focus of the investigation, he said.
If anyone has any with information regarding the whereabouts of Hannah Elizabeth Graham, please contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.
Boone Police Find Body Near Appalachian State University Campus … Could Be Missing 18 Year Old Anna Marie Smith (Update: Boone PD Believe It Is, NC Driver’s License & APP St. ID Found)
Police in Boone, NC have found a body and are confirming that they are working to identify the body found near campus of Appalachian State University on Saturday morning. Neighbors said someone called authorities Saturday to report a suspicious odor in a heavily wooded area off Poplar Grove Road, on the west edge of the Watauga County university town. It is believed to be that of missing 18 year old Anna Marie Smith, but there has been no official confirmation yet. Anna Marie Smith was last seen on September 2, 2014.
UPDATE I: The family on Facebook, Find Anna Marie Smith, says “At this point we do not have confirmation that Anna was found. I realize there are many news reports out there now, but again the family DOES NOT have confirmation.”
UPDATE II: But … The Watauga Democrat is reporting that according to area law enforcement, the body of missing student Anna Smith was found Saturday morning in a wooded area off of Poplar Grove Road.
Scanner traffic also indicated that a body had been found in the Poplar Grove Road area. Boone Police vehicles blocked a section of Poplar Grove Road and redirected traffic at the intersections with Bodenheimer Drive and Water Street.
At 11:54 a.m., however, Boone Police Sgt. Shane Robbins said he could not confirm the report at the time. At 1:43 p.m., Boone Police issued the following statement:
“At approximately 10:30 a.m., Boone Police officers responded to a report of a deceased individual located in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road, on the west end of town. Boone Police investigators are processing the scene. The identity of the individual is unknown at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.”
Calls and emails to university spokespersons were not immediately returned Saturday morning. Around 2:45 p.m. ASU posted the following message on its Facebook page from Chancellor Sheri N. Everts:
“Dear members of the Appalachian community, I am deeply saddened to share that the Boone Police Department has confirmed that a body was discovered mid-morning (Sept. 13) at an off-campus location in Boone. The town of Boone and State Bureau of Investigation are in charge of the investigation. While the media is reporting that it might be the body of missing freshman Anna M. Smith, the investigating agencies have not made an identification. As more developments take place, we will send you further updates. I ask that you keep in mind this is an incredibly difficult time for Anna’s family, and keep their wellbeing foremost in your thoughts.”
The Boone Police Department believes a body found in a wooded area in the western section of the town Saturday is missing 18-year-old High Point student Anna Smith.
The Boone police said late this afternoon that “Initial evidence located at the scene indicates that the deceased is Anna M. Smith.”
A North Carolina driver’s license and an Appalachian State University student Identification card belonging to Smith were found at the scene.
A State Medical Examiner is at the location of the body. The body will be transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy, according to police.
Police in Boone have confirmed the body found around this morning near the Appalachian State University campus is that of missing student Anna Smith.
Police responded to a report of a deceased individual in the woods near Poplar Grove Rd. at around 10:30 Saturday morning. An ASU identification card and a North Carolina driver’s license belonging to Smith were found at the scene.
The cause of death was not immediately available, but Boone Police said an autopsy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem will yield more information.