TN TN - Matthew James Smith, 34, from NC, SUV found in Greeneville, 11 Nov 2018

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  1. rainynights

    rainynights Well-Known Member

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    Burke County Sheriff's Office | 11/19/2018 12:35pm (EST)

    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
    PRESS RELEASE

    MISSING PERSON

    Name: MATTHEW JAMES SMITH
    Age: 34
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Height: 6’
    Weight: 180 lbs.

    Details:
    The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. Matthew James Smith was reported missing on November 11, 2018. Matthew is described as a 34-year-old male, 6-foot-tall, weighing 180 pounds. Matthew may be traveling in or around the area of eastern Tennessee.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous.

    Agencies Involved:
    Burke County Sheriff’s Office

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    North Carolina Man Last Seen On Viking Mountain
     
  2. rainynights

    rainynights Well-Known Member

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    Greene County TN Sheriff's Department | 11/21/2018 2:52pm (EST)

    ***SEEKING THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE***
    Matthew Smith's vehicle was located in Greene County in a remote location of Viking Mountain commonly referred as Kennedy Cabin trail. Investigations show that the SUV has been there since 11-08-2018. On that same day around noon, someone called the Forest Service office to report a male walking on the trail that fit Smith's description. Officers were unable to locate Smith at that time. The GCSD is asking for ANYONE that was on Viking Mountain or the Kennedy Cabin trails this month and saw anything that may relate to this case to report it to our agency. Call 423-798-1800 and ask for Detective Sgt. Jimmy Morgan.

    Greene County TN Sheriff's Department shared a post.
     
  3. GraceG

    GraceG Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only one who doesn't know what is going on? Is he wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Department for a criminal investigation? Has he been reported missing by a family member? Is he considered missing because his vehicle was found in a desolate area? Is there suspected foul play or did he just slip off to clear his head?
     
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    mistivon Verified Insider - Maricela Garcia

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    No, I'm confused, too. The warrant division but a "missing person"? Hmmm....tricky

    ETA reading a little further, seems that family is looking for him and have no idea what happened. That doesn't mean they won't arrest him when found if he also has a warrant but I think an MP report was actually filed. Also, looking at the warrant division's FB page, his post is obviously different from the others, which state that a person is wanted for arrest
     
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    Mercedes Verified Expert

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  8. CuriousCricket

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    Also, another young man is missing from there, since Aug. 28 . . . reported by family.

    I can't tell here with MJS what caused his family to report him as missing.

    It's almost as though they may have been contacted about his car being located and him not with it. The car seems to have been found on Nov. 8, but he was reported missing on the 11th.

    I hope he's ok . . . it's just weird.

    I'm worried he went for a hike and got lost, which could be deadly this time of year.
     
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    NC man still missing from Viking Mountain in Greene County
     
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    I have a public database I have a subscription to which has a warrant search function. The only criminal warrant was for a Matthew Smith, but a DIFFERENT middle name, so not him. I'm leaning towards missing on hike.
     
  11. CuriousCricket

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    so am I. I called the Burke County Sheriff's office -- over the weekend, so didn't get a detective and the man didn't want to discuss it, suggested I call back today (which I didn't) . However, he did say it appeared the only reason Smith is being looked for is as a missing person. However, if he got lost on a hike, with the cold weather and this amount of time, I don't see how this can possibly have a good outcome.
     
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    Welcome to Websleuths, @grawrg

    Hoping for his safe return.
     
  14. doodles1211

    doodles1211 Well-Known Member

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    This doesn't make much sense to me... Doesn't explain why they issued another alert today???


    The Greene County Sheriff's Department issued another missing person alert for a North Carolina man last spotted on a Viking Mountain trail last fall.

    The agency first reported Matthew James Smith, 34, in November when his SUV was found on Kennedy Cabin Trail.

    On Tuesday, the department said that on Nov. 8, a person contacted the local Forest Service office and reported a suspicious person walking on the trail. That report said police are trying to get into contact with the person that made the call.

    Anyone with information on the case or the person who made the call can contact Detective Sgt. Jimmy Morgan at (423) 798-1800.

    UPDATE: Greene County issues missing person alert for North Carolina man for second time
     
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    It is for the caller... duh! They need to talk to the caller. I am ashamed of myself. I thought they put an alert on Matthew again.

    ***SEEKING THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE***
    On 11-08-2018, someone called the Forest Service Office to report a suspicious person on Kennedy Cabin Trail. WE NEED TO FIND THAT CALLER for some follow-up information. If this person is you, or if you know who this caller is, PLEASE call Detective Sgt. Jimmy Morgan at 423-798-1800.

    Greene County TN Criminal Investigations Department
     
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    doodles1211 Well-Known Member

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    Still missing...

    Burke County Sheriff's Office


    Lots of comments here. Nothing that would be super interesting. Except, from local that knows the area he may be lost in.
     
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    doodles1211 Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the County/city... some have the homicide unit, also do the missing persons investigations. Some have the Major Crimes unit do them. Not all LE agencies, except maybe the larger metropolis', have their own Missing Persons Units. Places like Chicago, Houston, etc... do. I am sure every once in a blue moon a smaller agency will be found to have a mp unit. So, we cannot really go by the title of the unit conducting the investigation as being the nature of the case.
     
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    This is a strange case.
    Nov 8 someone calls the Forest Service and reports a suspicious person walking along the trail. What was suspicious about him? Was he acting strange, aggressive or what?
    Forest Service searches but does not find anyone.
    November 11. Matthew is reported missing.
    Nov 18th. Hunters find his car on the trail. LE said they had searched that area before using GPS but did not find it. Had it been moved? Wouldn’t the GPS signal show if it had been?
    Nov 25th. Another search was conducted, but nothing was found
    Now in April the sheriff has renewed efforts to find him and also wishes to speak again to the person who had reported a suspicious person on Nov 8.
    Usually there is contact information for callers unless it was an anonymous call. Why did LE originally presume the suspicious person was Matthew? Does LE now believe the suspicious person may be responsible for Matthew’s disappearance?
    There are a lot of questions regarding this case
     
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    The GPS in a car is a receiver, not a transmitter, in most cases. So most cars won't send a GPS signal as to where it has been.
     
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    According to this article: Police have since located the caller, who confirmed he saw Smith walking on the trail, said Chief Detective Jeff Morgan with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
    Missing man search continues

    Also articles keep calling Smith a "Valdese man" -- Valdese is a town in Burke County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 4,490 at the 2010 census, according to Wikipedia.
     
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