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    CA - Tera Smith, 16, Redding, 22 August 1998

    17 year old Tera Smith has been missing from Shasta, CA (where Heather Carpenter lived) since 1998. Sounds like police suspect her 29 year old karate instructer was involved. How do families survive never knowing where their child is?

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    http://www.redding.com/specials/Smith/


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    Do you know anything more about the case? The last updated article on the website is from January 2000. It says that her karate instructor wasn't considered a suspect, but that he was being held in jail for an unrelated assault charge. What were the details of the assault charge? This case reminds me of the Rachel Cooke case - both girls were going jogging when they disappeared. I wonder how she came upon her karate instructor when she was out jogging?
    So sad, and another family that I wish closure to.


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    I really don't know anything about this case. I've just been scanning the articles listed in the site I linked in my first post.

    This link says that Tera had written about her karate instructor in her journal, and I guess the parents think she was having an affair with him. The karate instructor's last name is "Zink".

    This Zink guy says that Tera called him and asked him to pick her up near her home the day she disappeared. He said he dropped her off later at another intersection and she hasn't been seen since. Zink says he then went to a secluded hilltop to pray. This Zink guy was married with a child at the time.


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    I tried to read through some of the articles on the website. What a sad story! It reminds me of the Kristin Smart case in the fact that the last person she was seen with isn't talking. I wish there was a way to make these creeps talk! I wonder what he went to pray about for hours on a hilltop? I guess there's some comfort in the fact that it sounds like this guy is in prison for something. I just wish he would give the family some closure!


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    Another, "I picked her up, let her off someplace" case. It sounds like the guy is involved.


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    Smith helps in search for man

    Missing girl's dad offers empathy to family

    By Lauren Brooks (Contact)
    Tuesday, February 20, 2007

    Photo by Brad Garrison

    OFFERING HOPE AND SUPPORT: Terry Smith of Shasta Lake gives a supportive hug to Michele Kvasnicka on Monday at her motherís home on Bear Valley Trail in Jones Valley, while Joyce Reginato sits on the porch. Kvasnickaís son is missing.


    Matthew Deffebach


    Terry Smith wants to help find a missing young man. He wants people to be on the lookout. And he wants the man's family to have the support they need.

    Smith's daughter, Tera, 16, disappeared on Aug. 22, 1998. She is still missing.


    more: http://www.redding.com/news/2007/feb...earch-for-man/


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    Did LE really confiscate Zink's truck? I didn't see that in the articles I read. And was it clean? Maybe too clean? His story clearly doesn't add up. But he HAD to have told someone about it. Maybe one of his male friends knew he was really sleeping with Tera and could at least get him for statutory rape? Any idea if he was convicted of the other charges?


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    Ok, scary information - there are 506 registered sex offenders in Shasta County (where Tera disappeared)


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    CA-Terra smith missing since 8/22/98 Redding

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    Terra smith missing since 8/22/98 redding,ca
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    http://www.redding.com/news/2008/dec...s-dec-29-2008/
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    Up to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Tera Smith, who disappeared Aug. 22, 1998. Contact the Sheriff's Office or Secret Witness.
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    http://www.redding.com/news/2008/aug...-without-tera/
    10 years without Tera

    Questions remain about teen who vanished a decade ago

    By Jim Schultz (Contact)
    Friday, August 22, 2008
    Photo by Jakob Schiller / Record Searchlight
    Marilyn and Terry Smith are the parents of Tera Smith, the 16 year-old Central Valley High School student who disappeared in August, 1998 and was never found. Jakob Schiller/Record Searchlight

    Tera Smith as she looked about 10 years ago.

    Photo courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    A time-enhanced photograph shows how Tera Smith might have looked three years ago when she would have been 23.

    With the face of an angel, Tera Lynn Smith still continues to haunt north state residents.
    It was 10 years ago today that the former Central Valley High School homecoming princess disappeared into the unknown.
    Smith, who was 16 when she vanished Aug. 22, 1998, may be gone, but she’s not forgotten.
    Still, the memory of her fades just a little bit with each passing year.
    There are no formal observances to remember today’s bittersweet anniversary, said her 48-year-old-father, Terry, the owner of the Oasis Fun Center in Shasta Lake.
    The family will remember her in their own quiet way, he said.
    Smith, who has long ago come to the realization that his beautiful daughter is dead, said the pain of her disappearance remains with him.
    But it has dulled with time.
    “It’s not nearly as sharp as the first couple of years,” he said.
    The frustration, however, has not abated.
    Smith, who admits to watching on TV an inordinate number of so-called cold case murder investigations, is still hopeful that the entire story will someday come out.
    But he’s not overly optimistic. >¶“It becomes less and less likely with time,” he said.
    Shasta County Secret Witness is still offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to locating Tera, and the Virginia-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also continues to ask the public for help in finding her.
    Tera, who would now be 26, disappeared during the early evening hours after leaving her rural Tarcy Way home dressed to go jogging.
    Her then-martial arts instructor, Troy Zink, who is now 39, reportedly told authorities on the night of her disappearance that she had called him at work on her cell phone and asked to meet near her home.
    Zink, who has denied any involvement in Tera’s disappearance, told sheriff’s deputies that she asked him for $2,000. When he refused, the teenager became upset and asked for a ride to the intersection of Old Alturas Road and Old Oregon Trail.
    It was there, Zink told deputies, that he dropped her off and then drove alone to Hang Glider Hill, west of Shasta Dam, to pray. He claimed he returned to his Redding home about 11:30 p.m., deputies have said.
    Smith, as well as countless others, doesn’t believe that story.
    “We know what happened,” he said.
    Based on journal entries and letters found in Tera’s room after her disappearance, Smith has said he believes his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter asked Zink to meet her so she could end an affair with him.
    Zink, who pleaded guilty in the 1990s to rape and later served a four-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of firearms, has never been named a suspect by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and has never been charged in Tera’s disappearance because of a lack of sufficient evidence.
    He has also refused to be questioned by investigators after his initial interview with sheriff’s deputies,
    Chuck Zink, Troy Zink’s father, referred a telephone call earlier this week from the Record Searchlight about the 10-year anniversary to Redding attorney Jerrald Pickering II.
    Pickering said that he would speak with the family, but did not return the telephone call and was unavailable Thursday for comment.
    It’s been a frustrating 10 years for investigators with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, who continue to investigate tips and leads in hopes of solving the case.
    Smith, who believes sheriff’s investigators have exhausted every lead in the case, noted that he contacted detectives in June after receiving a tip that construction workers came upon what appeared to be a grave in the Shingletown area.
    The tip was investigated, but it was only a canvas tent and assorted trash that had been buried at the site.
    Shasta County sheriff’s Sgt. John Hubbard said Thursday that “hundreds and hundreds” of tips have been investigated since Tera’s disappearance and that three or four tips, or suggestions, were followed up within the past year.
    But none panned out.
    “It’s a frustrating case,” Hubbard said, adding that his heart breaks for Tera’s parents. “If I could pick a case to be solved, this one is it.”
    Despite the dead ends, Smith remains hopeful that evidence might someday be uncovered to reveal the truth.
    In the 10 years since his daughter disappeared, his other three children, Trevor, Sierra and Kyra, have married and started families of their own, he said.
    He and his wife, Marilyn, now have two grandchildren with a third on its way.
    “We’re quietly going ahead with our lives,” Smith said.
    But not seeing Tera grow into adulthood is a painful truth, and he admits he sometimes has a difficult time remembering her voice, as well as her smile.
    “The memories are fading,” he said. “ And I hate that.”
    Reporter Jim Schultz can be reached at 225-8223 or at jschultz@redding.com.
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    IF, Tera's boyfriend did pick her up at the time he said he did, and IF, she broke up with him. And IF, he killed her.
    He was not back at home til 11:30p.m. That means he had 5 hours to dispose of a body.
    Shasta County is large. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, all around.
    Siskiyou County is to the north and if anythng, it is even more forested. There are many small towns there, but vast open spaces as well. Mt Shasta ski area.
    Humboldt County is to the west. It is mountainous country, with winding roads and small towns and vast acreage of forests.
    Counties to the east and south are the same.
    This is extreme northern California.
    IF her boyfriend did dispose of her, she could be anywhere in a 100 mile radius.
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