Family of missing App State student believes ‘somebody knows something’
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University officials held a news conference Tuesday and spoke about a student who has been missing for a week.
Anna Marie Smith, 18, of High Point, was reported missing Sept. 3.
Members of Smith’s family attended the news conference and provided this statement which was read by Dean of Students J.J. Brown: “We have an army looking for her around the clock. Somebody, somewhere knows something.”
Smith has short red or blond hair, blue eyes and is 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slender build. She has nose piercings, a black and white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collar bone and Latin lettering over her lower left ribs.
Smith is possibly carrying a bright blue LL Bean backpack that contains a blue ENO hammock. She also may be wearing a red or orange top and black leggings. Smith typically carries a red purse as well.
Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said that the entire campus community was focusing its thoughts on Smith and her family, and working toward her safe return.
“Appalachian is a campus we love very much and it is so difficult when we must face challenges like these, but we are also a strong and caring community, and we can and will take care of one another,” Everts said.
A second incident also recently reported at ASU was a sexual assault on Aug. 29.
A female student reported to University police that she was sexually assaulted around 1 p.m. Aug. 29 by an unknown man. The assault occurred in a wooded area near the tennis courts behind the athletic complex on the northwest side of campus.
Officials said the man was described as white, in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds with light brown hair and green eyes. The man reportedly has a buzz-style haircut, scruffy beard, and sleeve tattoos on both his left and right upper arms down to his elbows.