Samantha Smith: Missing 3 Years From Clinton, SC

Samantha5 For those of us who have taken it upon our hearts to communicate and work with family members of missing persons, there are always certain cases that one draws close to.

Help Find The Missing has always been a great source for me, and among the case information on missing persons can be found a lot of caring members.  Low on drama and high on details and friendship has always been a requisite for me and they fit the bill!

One of the members there holds Samantha Smith, her case, and her family close to her heart.  Living near the area from where Samantha vanished, she is able to get a first hand look at the facts and also speak to those who who were close to Samantha.

Many times waking hours are spent going over the clues, re-enacting the “what ifs” in your head, digging for anything new that might shed light on what could have happened to that person that seemingly vanished into thin air.  It’s often a breath of fresh air to see that someone can make that missing person real to us, and regardless of media exposure (or lack thereof) and speculation, each missing person deserves to be more than a face on a poster.

She has made Samantha real to us just by the outpouring of her own feelings about her and her case.  This is the one she wants desperately to be solved.  Thanks for being the light in the darkness for Samantha!

Quoted :

Well, it’s here. November 5, 2009. Three years ago Samantha Renee Smith vanished! I can’t tell there is much difference in every day life… Few people in our area recognize her name. You never see her face on missing posters. The ones I put up are always gone within a day or two. You don’t hear Nancy Grace or any of the others for that matter, even mention her name. And believe me I have contacted many people in the media. Reminders of today and I hope, maybe one will run a story about her.

I wonder if the new police chief, or Safety Director, has ever heard her name mentioned.

You don’t see her face flashing on every other myspace you look at. Almost no one would recognize her face if it scrolled across the top of this site.

But, Someone knows. And one day we will all know.

God bless you Samantha.


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: November 5, 2006 from Clinton, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: July 13, 1984
Age: 22 years old
Height and Weight: 5’3 – 5’4, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, green eyes. Smith’s hair is naturally blonde, but it was dyed red at the time of her disappearance.
Medical Conditions: Smith has a history of depression and may be suicidal. She has attempted suicide multiple times in the past. In addition, Smith suffers from asthma. She was taking medication for both her conditions at the time of her disappearance and may be in need of medical attention.

Details of Disappearance Smith was last seen in Clinton, South Carolina on November 5, 2006. At the time, she was living with her boyfriend in a house in the 100 block of Leila Street. Her boyfriend stated they got into an argument about religion and Smith walked into a wooded area behind her home and never returned. Smith has never been heard from again. She left all her personal belongings behind, except her purse. There is no evidence of foul play in Smith’s case, and her boyfriend has been ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance, but it is unclear what happened to her. Smith is described as an intelligent young woman. She enjoyed photography, hiking and horseback riding at the time of her disappearance. She was a student at Piedmont Tech and made good grades; she wanted to transfer to Lander University and become an art teacher. She has dropped out of sight before, but never for this long, and her family believes she may have come to harm. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Clinton Department of Public Safety

9 comments on “Samantha Smith: Missing 3 Years From Clinton, SC

  1. Thanks so much for posting this. This is my little cousin and we are in desperate need of finding her. Hoping she is still alive. She is loved and missed dearly. So please if any one has any leads or info please let them know. We need to find her. We love you SAM.

  2. By the mention of the media’s ‘lack’ of cooperation, it’s clear you’re intimately familiar with what searching for a missing person really involves–lots of personal commitment and time.

    My son disappeared from New Haven, CT, last year on 2009DEC27. He was recovered on 2010JAN07–in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The woman whom lured him out of the home took him to Times Square, New York, and then to San Juan, Puerto Rico a few days later. He was found tired, with no money, drenched in rain, and terribly hungry.

    Despite what is seen on television, or even what local politicians or agencies claim to do when a person is missing, it always comes down to personal commitment from the people most closely associated with the case. (Though my son was listed with ICE, Interpol, the FBI, and other law enforcement, he managed to slip by two international airports without a problem. The poster I FAXed to the Port Authority in San Juan, Puerto Rico, served as the ONLY deterrent to keep the woman from taking my son over seas [she saw her photo at the airport and freaked, at which time she parted to the UK].)

    The FBI is still ‘looking’ at the case, and will ultimately let me know if they can do anything to prosecute. They’ve been ‘looking’ at the case for a long time.

    I know now to advice anyone looking for a missing person to NOT rest on the assurance that ‘X’ law enforcement/investigative government agency is ‘doing all they can’, to locate your loved one.

    I’m not familiar with Samantha Smith, but I can honestly tell you that the smallest, apparently insignificant detail can be the catalyst to locating her, or at the least, find out what happened to her. (Of course, I assume you already know that.)

    Persistence is key.

  3. I miss samantha very much and not a day goes by that i don’t stop thinking of her. I really appreciate this post. I would like to get out as much information about her as possible.

  4. you know i am thrash messina on facebook… i submitted. i have no idea where it went..

    we are all here for a reason and god doesnt make mistakes

  5. My daughter samantha soon will be missing 4 years on nov. 5, 2010. I have heard no word from no one on her case. I still wonder so many days and nights what has happen to my baby. I still pray that some one may know where she may be and would come forward. Since she’s been missing her Grandfather past away last year who loved her so much not knowing what’s happen to her. Please here my cry for help to find her and bring her home where she belongs. Sincerly. HER MOM

  6. I am still trying to find answers where my daughter could be. Please hear my cry for my baby to be found.She has already lost her Grandfather last year who loved her dearly. I found out january I had Breast Cancer.I really need some closer one way or the other. Jennifer her sister needs closer. We pray some one will do the right thing and help us find her. Sincerely, Her MOM

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  8. Are you sure Nov 5th is the date Samantha went missing? Is it possible she disappeared the week before? Did anyone see Samantha the week before Nov 5th?

  9. Supposedly the day Samantha disappeared they had gone to church. I hope that law enforcement interviewed someone, even the pastor, to verify that they were there that Sunday.
    I never met Samantha but feel like we were good friends. The look in her eyes just tears at my heart strings. I don’t know what it is, but I will never stop doing all that I can do to find out what happened to Samantha. Her nickname was Smilie….I like to think of her that way.
    God bless everyone that gives out a flyer with her picture, post her case on their web site or Facebook page, or prays for her and her family.
    A special thank you to Delilah and Susan Murphy-Milano for helping keep Samantha’s face and name for others to see.

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