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New details released in death of Anna Smith

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BOONE, N.C. -- Police said Monday that they have found no evidence to believe there was foul play in the death of Anna Smith.

"Based upon reports that we have heard from community members and media sources, it is obvious to me and my staff that many, if not most, people in the community are under the impression that this case is a homicide," said Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford. "We do not have any information leading us in that direction."

Smith’s body was found Saturday in a wooded area in Boone. Smith was reported missing by her roommate on Sept. 3, more than a week ago.

"At this point we do not have direct information that there is foul play," Crawford said. "In fact, there are factors to indicate that Ms. Smith was intent on harming herself. I know this is difficult for family and friends to hear, but these are facts."

Police also confirmed that a letter believed to be written by Smith was found with her body. The contents of the letter have not been released.

An autopsy by a forensic pathologist was planned for Monday and police expect that the preliminary findings will shed some light on what happened to Smith. Police said a time frame for the completion of the autopsy and determination of the cause of death is not available.