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Found Deceased: Samantha Renee Smith - SC - 11/05/2006

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Missing Since: November 5, 2006 from Clinton, South Carolina

Classification: Missing

Date Of Birth: July 13, 1984

Age at time of disappearance: 22

Height: 5'4"

Weight: 110 lbs

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Hazel

Race: White

Gender: Female

Distinguishing Characteristics: Hair is naturally Blonde, but dyed Red, long hair down to her mid back.

Medical Conditions: Takes medication for asthma and suicidal thoughts but may not be taking it.

Details of Disappearance

She was last seen at the house that she shared with her boyfriend at 108 Leila St. Police said she took nothing with her.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Clinton Public Safety

Capt. Butch Pressley

(864) 833-7503

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Upstate Woman Missing For 6 Months; No Leads

POSTED: 11:42 am EDT May 24, 2007

CLINTON, S.C. -- Police are asking for the public's help to locate an Upstate woman who has been missing since Nov. 5.

Investigators said that they have exhausted all leads in the case of 22-year-old Samantha Renee Smith.

When Smith left the house in Clinton that she shared with her boyfriend at 108 Leila St. in Clinton, police said she took nothing with her.

Chief John Thomas said, "That's what troubles us -- that in broad daylight, she walks away from her home"

Mike Proban, with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, said, "It is rare that individuals would go on a journey without taking something with them."

Several police agencies have searched for Smith, but said that they have no leads and no indication that a crime was committed in Clinton.

Smith was a student at Piedmont Tech, where she studied art. Her sister, Jennifer Burnett, said her sister made straight-As and wanted to finish school at Lander University.

"I think her career felt like her way out, you know, just for a better life," Burnett said.

Smith's mother, Rebia Kinard, said, though her daughter had asthma and suicidal thoughts, she was on medication and was getting help.

"She had a very busy life. She never was still, and if she wasn't at school or she wasn't working, she was hiking or she was riding horses."

Choking back tears, her stepfather, Rodney Kinard, told News 4, "It's hell -- living every day not knowing where she's at."

Clinton police are asking anyone with information to call them at 833-7528 or e-mail Capt. Butch Pressley at kbpressley@ci.clinton.sc.us. Anyone with information may remain anonymous.

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Mother desperate to find daughter

by Kenny Maple/Index-Journal staff writer

Although it's been nearly a year since Clinton resident Rebia Kinard last saw her daughter, the mother is still determined to located Samantha Renee Smith.

Smith was last seen Nov. 5, 2006, by Walt Shockley, whom she lived with at 108 Leila St. in Clinton.

According to an incident report supplied by the City of Clinton Department of Public Safety, Shockley and Smith got involved in an argument that prompted Smith to grab her purse and leave, she hasn't come back.

Chief John Thomas said, "That's what troubles us--that in broad daylight, she walks away from her home."

Before Smith left, the then 22-year-old was attending Piedmont Tech to be an art teacher.

Her mother said she and her husband have spent the last year looking for her.

"We took all our savings and everything else we had to try to find her.  Still, today, she hasn't been found".

Clinton Public Safety has tried to locate Smith, but to no avail.

"We've done everything we can do from a law enforcement end,", Clinton Public Safety Department director John Thomas said.

In a May 30 report by WYFF News 4, investigators said they have "exhausted all leads in the case of 22 year old Samantha Renee Smith."

Thomas did say there was no evidence of foul play.

The incident report does say Shockley told the department Smith is suicidal.  Like, Smith's sister, who originated the missing person complaint, said Smith has attempted suicide several times.

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Mother desperate to know what happened to her missing daughter

May 28, 2007 10:00 AM CDT

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CLINTON, SC (WIS) - Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Renee Smith disappeared late last year, and now authorities are out of leads in the search for her.

Her mother is pleading for clues to Samantha's whereabouts. "All I want to do is find out where she is, what happened to her."

What happened to Samantha Smith is anyone's guess. No one's heard from the 22-year-old in more than six months. Her mother says, "I got a habit of looking at young girls similar to her, thinking, you know, could that be her? When they turn around it's not."

And with each passing day her mom Rebia loses hope - any potential light at the end of the tunnel, flickering. "Honestly, it's not looking good."

Despite a history of depression, Samantha had a lot to live for according to her mom. Samantha wanted to be an art teacher and loved taking  pictures. Those snapshots are especially hard for her mom to look at. "She wanted to do so much."

But as leads run dry, Clinton's police are just hoping "somebody out there will recognize her and get her back home where she belongs," says Chief John Thomas.

Searches of woods behind the home where Samantha was last seen have turned up nothing. Officials say Samantha lived there with her boyfriend, Walt Shockley.

While he isn't considered a suspect, Shockley refused to talk to WIS. Chief Thomas describes him this way, "He's still a person of interest. He will always be a person of interest, until we find her."

Whatever happened, good or bad, Samantha's mother just wants to know, making a plea to anyone who might have answers, "Call Clinton Police Department, let them know where she is so we can bring our family back together."

Police hope to generate leads by holding a press conference Thursday at 11am. SLED is also assisting in the investigation.

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Samantha has been missing for one year today. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

Kelly

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Clinton woman disappears, leaving mother searching

Posted: Nov 5, 2007 10:00 PM CST

CLINTON, SC (WIS) - Twenty-three-year-old Samantha Renee Smith seems to have vanished without a trace.

WIS News 10's Trey Paul went to Smith's hometown of Clinton, where investigators are still baffled, and a mom still prays for answers.

Samantha's mom, Reba Smith, says, "Honest to God I don't know what happened."

She has "no idea. It's just like she disappeared off the face of the earth."

It's been a year to the day since the now 23-year-old vanished.

Her mom says, "Samantha is a great kid. She wants a lot out of life and I want my daughter home."

So where could she be? Police say she dealt with depression and had even run away before. But her mom never expected anything like this. "I couldn't believe it was Samantha. For the fact is, Samantha was a bright, smart, intelligent girl. She knew what she wanted out in life and she was going to get it."

She wanted to be an art teacher.

Police say Samantha was last seen walking on Lela Street. They say a few hours before she and her boyfriend got into an argument at church over religion. They say when she got home, she took off.

Chief John Thomas says, "He drives away in another direction. She walks away in another direction ... so she just disappeared."

Investigators have no suspects. They ruled out Samantha's boyfriend a year ago. But they're hoping this story will change that. So is Samantha's mom, who isn't giving up hope, "The strength that I've gotten is, I feel like Samantha is giving it to me to keep going and to keep looking."

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Above Images: Smith, circa 2006

Samantha Renee Smith

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 at time of disappearance: 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

864-833-7512

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Samantha has been placed on Project Jason's 18 Wheel Angels campaign. A special poster has been made for her and can be downloaded and printed for placement. More information about the program, and the link for the poster can be found here:

http://projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml

In addition to the campaign, Samantha is also featured in a national trucking publication, Independent Contractor. This free magazine is distributed in truck stops nationwide and has a circulation of about 150,000.

Through the Gears and Independent Contractor are two of Target Media Partner's many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they each feature two missing persons each per month. You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it's far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.

We hope this helps in the search for Samantha. Please consider printing and placing a poster in businesses in your community.

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Thank you.

Kelly, Project Jason

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COLTON/Index-Journal staff writer

Sunday, October 26, 2008 11:35 PM EDT

Family looks for missing daughter

Samantha Renee Smith was 22 years old, 5-feet, 3-inches tall and 119 pounds when she vanished two years ago from her Clinton home. She had reddish brown hair, green eyes. Her family is still waiting for clues to her disappearance.

“It seems like I couldn’t keep the publicity out there, and the harder I tried to look for her, I kept running into dead ends,†mom Rebia Kinard, of Saluda, said Friday. “Me and my husband took it upon ourselves to try and raise a reward, hoping to get this back out there and maybe somebody will come forward since times are hard. I don’t care about the money, I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to find my young’un.â€Â

Kinard has organized a reward fundraiser from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Community Center in Saluda. Food, children’s rides, door prizes and gospel singing are all on the agenda for the fundraiser. The Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand with information and a blood hound demonstration will take place at 3 p.m.

“We’re trying to make this a fun day but also about safety. We’ve done everything that we know to do. Now I’m pleading for the public’s help in every direction to raise a reward to help her,†Kinard said. “I hope this does work, I really do. She had so much to look forward to in life, and vanishing like that, that’s not here.â€Â

Clinton Public Safety Chief John Thomas said the case dates back to Nov. 17, 2006, when Smith’s sister reported her missing.

“We got a call, and she had been missing for approximately three or four weeks before we even got a call about it,†he said. “She (Smith) had a boyfriend who lived in Clinton, and they got in an argument after church one Sunday. She went back into the trailer where she lived and he went to lunch, and she was never seen again.â€Â

Numerous searches of the area around the home, including by helicopter and using search dogs, yielded no evidence, and search warrants of the home, car and computers, as well as use of a South Carolina Law Enforcement Department (SLED) profiler and tips from across the country provided no solid links.

“We’ve exhausted just about everything we can exhaust. Right now we’re not any closer than we were two years ago,†Thomas said.

The department released a media advisory on the anniversary of her disappearance last year and will do the same campaign again this November to establish new interest in the case, he said.

“It’s difficult to say what else can be done because we’re doing everything we can,†Thomas said. “We’re looking for all the help we can get.â€Â

Anyone will information about Smith or the disappearance is asked to contact the Clinton Department of Public Safety at 833-7512.

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Imagine Life Without Your Child

Samantha Renee Smith - Missing!

17.NOV.08

Now imagine life if your child was MISSING!  “It’s a living nightmare – everyday!”

This is how Rebia Kinard, mother of missing 24yr old Samantha Renee Smith describes her life.  “Samantha has been missing for two years now and we don’t know nothing.  I look at every girl I see with the same color hair and same size as Samantha thinking it might be her”. 

What a horrible, never-ending nightmare!  Could you imagine how your life would be if your child went missing?  We recently sat down with Rebia and Rodney (stepfather) Kinard to discuss as many details as possible surrounding this horrible situation.  There are few facts and many unanswered questions.

GwdToday has taken as much information as we could gather about Samantha’s case and posted it on our Missing Persons page.  This page is located to the left under the Crime Network section.  Please take a moment to look at the missing person cases on that page and see if you know any information that may help find answers.

We have added an Anonymous Tip Form that you can use to send us tips.  We will protect your identity!  We will pass on any tips received to the appropriate law enforcement agency but will not include your contact information.  We are just looking for Tips! 

More about Samantha!

Samantha was last seen on November 5th, 2006 by her boyfriend Walt Shockley. The two lived together at 108 Leila Street in Clinton, SC. According to Samantha’s parents, Samantha was not reported missing until her sister began looking for her; two weeks after Shockley said he last saw Samantha. Shockley never reported her missing. Clinton police have spoken with Shockley and conducted investigations in their home. They say they have found no evidence of foul play.

Police reports state that Samantha and Shockley had an argument on November 5th, possibly over religion. Shockley reported Samantha walked into the woods behind their home and he left to go pick up lunch. Shockley said when he returned Samantha was gone and he never saw her again.

Reports state Samantha left without taking anything with her except her purse. Samantha’s parents say she did not take her purse with her because she’d left it at a friend’s house prior to becoming missing. Samantha’s mother said that Samantha was very protective over her belongings and said it is very unlikely that she would leave belongings behind. Samantha also had a laptop computer where she kept her art work. Her mother says she would have never left that behind.

At the time of her disappearance, Samantha was a student at Piedmont Technical College. She was studying art and photography. Samantha’s dream was to become an art teacher, says her mother. Samantha was looking forward to transferring to Lander University to complete a degree in education and fulfill her dream.

When Samantha disappeared she was also an employee a K-Mart in Greenwood and was a former employee of the Greenwood State Park. Her mother said that she loved the outdoors and especially spending time with animals.

In several reports it states that Samantha had a history of depression and may have been suicidal. According to her mother, Samantha never attempted suicide. Reports also state that Samantha was a former run-away. Her mother says that is also untrue. Samantha received psychiatric help in the past to help her cope with her father’s tragic death. Samantha’s mother describes her as a quiet, self-contained, animal lover who had very few friends.

Prior to moving in with Walt Shockley, Samantha lived with Susan Walters in Waterloo; SC. Samantha’s mother said Susan also knew Shockley.

Police and family members have searched the woods behind Shockley’s home but say they did not find any significant leads. Police have also searched the home where the two lived and found no evidence of foul play. Samantha’s computer was also searched bit police reported finding nothing of interest.

Samantha’s mother reported to police giving Samantha a car prior to her disappearance. The car a black, 1989 Mustang LX, has yet to be located by police. The car had red seats and red pin stripes down the side of the vehicle. Samantha’s mother says she has been told various stories about the whereabouts of the car. Some scenarios include that the cars engine was blown, it had been wrecked, or the car had been crushed.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Clinton Department of Public Safety

864-833-7512

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News Conference Planned Tuesday In Missing Woman Case

By Noelle Kachinsky

Published: December 2, 2008

News Channel 7 could learn new information Tuesday morning in the case of a missing Upstate woman. Samantha smith was last seen at her home in Clinton more than two years ago. Her family says Samantha had a fight with her boyfriend and took off. She has disappeared before, but this time investigators are alarmed because Smith left without her identification, money, and her car.

Clinton Public Safety plans to hold a news conference Tuesday morning and News Channel 7 plans to attend. If you have information in the case, call Clinton Public Safety at 864-833-7512.

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Police Seek Clues In Missing Woman Cold Case

POSTED: 5:08 pm EST December 2, 2008

CLINTON, S.C. -- Clinton police are reminding the public about the case of a woman who disappeared two years ago in hopes that new clues might surface.

The family of Samantha Renee Smith joined police for a news conference Tuesday in hopes of generating new leads.

On Nov. 5, 2006, Smith, who was 22 at the time, left the home she shared with her boyfriend in Clinton. She was on foot, and didn't have her purse, identification or any money with her.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

Samantha is 5 feet 4 inches long, weighs about 110 pounds and has hazel eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she had long, dyed red hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Clinton Public Safety at 864-833-7512.

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Young Woman Missing 2 Years

Family and Police Plead for Information

Lesley Lane - GwdToday News Reporter 02.DEC.08

It’s been more than two years since she disappeared from her home in Clinton. There was an argument, then a vanishing into thin air, leaving investigators puzzled and family members pleading for a young woman’s return home.

Samantha Rene Smith was last seen on November 5, 2006 at her home on Leila Street in Clinton. After an argument with her live in boyfriend, Walter Shockley, police say Smith vanished, appearing to have left her home on her on free will, on foot, taking nothing with her to aid her in her journey. Smith’s boyfriend, Shockley, was the last person to see her alive and never reported her missing. Police only became aware of Smith’s disappearance a month later when her sister reported her missing. While police say Shockley has been ruled out as a suspect, they say he will always remain a person of interest because of his relationship with Smith.

Today, Clinton Public Safety, along with Senior Agent Mike Prodan of the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), held a news conference in hopes to regenerate interest in a case they now consider “cold”.

Smith is described as a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. Samantha has long blonde hair that was dyed red at the time of her disappearance. She has hazel eyes. According to family, Samantha formerly wore braces on her teeth. Before her disappearance Samantha had the wires removed from her teeth but chose to keep the brackets. According to mental health reports, Smith had been on medication for depression and possesses suicidal tendencies. Smith’s family says she loves animals and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys photography.

According to Chief Thomas of Clinton Public Safety, investigators have followed leads on Smith’s case through Richland, Lexington, Greenville and Saluda counties. They have also searched for Smith in North Carolina and as far away as Chicago. Thomas says that Clinton Public Safety continues to keep in contact with SLED and the FBI VICAP program.

Agent Prodan said investigators routinely consider various scenarios in cases such as Smith’s.  “Has the person chosen to drop off the face of the earth and assume a new identity? Has the person met with foul play and the body has not been discovered? Has the person taken their on life and the body has not been discovered.”

While Prodan says it is very difficult for an individual to voluntarily go missing, Chief Thomas says there is no evidence to indicate foul play.

“It’s almost like she was plucked out of the air”, said Thomas.

“If anyone has information pertaining to Ms. Smith’s whereabouts, they are advised to contact the proper authorities immediately. We remain hopeful of obtaining new information that will lead us to this individual.”

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Investigators: Missing Woman May Be Alive

Published: December 2, 2008

Samantha Smith was last seen at her home in Clinton in Nov. 2006.

Her family says she had a fight with her boyfriend and took off, but investigators were alarmed because Smith left without her identification, money or her car.

Unfortunately, investigators in the case have nothing new to add. They held a press conference Tuesday morning and pleaded with the community for new information in the case.

They believe there’s a small chance Smith could still be alive.

Police have ruled out Smith’s boyfriend as a suspect.

If you have information in the case, call Clinton Public Safety at 864-833-7512.

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Family Still Searching For Missing Woman 4 Years Later

Samantha Smith Disappeared In Nov. 2006

Jennifer Phillips reporting

POSTED: 10:59 pm EDT November 4, 2010

UPDATED: 12:18 pm EDT November 5, 2010

CLINTON, S.C. -- It's still hard for Rebia Kinard to look through her daughter's things. Her daughter, Samantha Smith, disappeared four years ago.

"I feel a little piece of me dying for the fact I can't touch her, or hear her voice," Kinard said.

Kinard remembers the last time she saw her.

"When I hugged her, she shivered and shook so bad," Kinard said.

Detectives with the Clinton Public Safety Department said that on Nov. 5, 2006, Samantha and her boyfriend had an argument at a home they shared in Clinton. Her boyfriend told police she walked away and investigators say no one has seen her since.

Recently, Kinard said she found a bizarre letter stashed in Samantha's book bag and received what could be new information, which she turned over to police.

"She was trying to tell somebody something," Kinard said. "Honestly, after finding what I've found, I think she's dead. I think somebody's done something to her."

Caroline Scott, a family friend, said she received information about the case, too.

"I'm hoping this is going to turn around and somebody is going to come forth," Scott said.

Although they won't discuss in detail what the new information is, they said someone knows something.

"They're living with it every day and they've got to sleep every night," Scott said.

Samantha was studying to be an art teacher and looking at her work helps Kinard get through the day as she waits for answers.

"I need peace," Kinard said. "I need some closure, give me some kind of hope. I miss her. I miss her very much."

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Laurens County Crime Stoppers at 68-CRIME.

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3/26/2014 12:03:00 PM

LCSO: Skeletal remains found near firing range

The skeletal remains found in Laurens County Tuesday have been identified.

According to a release from Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, the remains have been identified as 22-year-old Samantha Renee Smith. Smith went missing from Leila Street between October and November 2006.

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is working in cooperation with the Clinton Department of Public Safety, the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division and other agencies to further investigate the matter. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at 864-984-4967864-984-4967864-984-4967864-984-4967 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 864-68-CRIME864-68-CRIME864-68-CRIME864-68-CRIME.

CLINTON ― Officials with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office say they have discovered the skeletal remains of a person near the Clinton Public Safety firing range.

According to LCSO Lt. Judy Stiles, deputies received a call at about 3 p.m. Tuesday after Clinton Public Safety Officers discovered the remains while clearing off property behind the firing range. The remains have yet to be identified, but have been sent to a pathologist for positive identification.

Stiles said the remains appear to have been there for some time, based on the state of the remains when they were discovered. There is no timetable for identification, Stiles said.

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Our condolences to all who love and miss Samantha.

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