Missing ASU student told parents prior to disappearance that she was assaulted

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BOONE, N.C. — It’s been more than a week since anyone has seen or heard from Appalachian State University freshman Anna Smith.

Anna Smith’s parents made a statement at a news conference Wednesday.

“I want our daughter back so we can see her beautiful face in the morning and in the evening,” said Anna Smith’s father, Dan Smith. “We want our Anna back home. Please help us bring Anna back home safely.”

“We need our Anna home,” said Laurie Smith, Anna Smith’s mother. “She makes our hearts whole and without her we are lost. She is a vital part of our lives and the community. Someone somewhere knows something and can help us bring Anna home safely.”

WSOC is reporting Smith had gone to her home in High Point during a portion of Labor Day weekend and told her parents she had been assaulted off campus.

The family was not going to reveal this information to the public, but decided to after learning it had been posted on Facebook.

Smith returned to campus sometime Aug. 31. She was reported missing by her roommate on Sept. 3.

Investigators said Anna Smith was reportedly last seen the night before in her dorm, as well as on a campus transportation service called Safe Ride.

Family says Smith doesn’t have a car and didn’t take her cell phone with her, according to The Appalachian. 

But they remain hopeful that with the public’s help Anna Smith will be found.

“Please help us bring Anna home,” said her father. “Someone out there knows something. Please.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact ASU campus police at 828-262-2150.

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