Death of ASU student Anna Smith ruled a suicide

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Anna Smith

BOONE, N.C. — The death of Appalachian State University freshman Anna Smith has been ruled a suicide, according to a ruling by the N.C. State Medical Examiner’s Office obtained Thursday by the Charlotte Observer.

The autopsy revealed that Smith went about 100 feet into the woods, tied a blue strap to a tree limb and then asphyxiated herself.

Smith, 18, was reported missing by her roommate on Sept. 2.

A massive search was conducted and her body was found on Sept. 13 in the woods near campus.

Smith had been in a personal crisis in the week before her disappearance, a spokesman for the family has said.

Dr. Patrick Lantz conducted the autopsy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The cause of death was left pending, but was declared a suicide during a review on Oct. 28 in Raleigh.

No signs of drugs were found in the body during the autopsy.

Details released by police last month said there was no evidence to suggest foul play in connection with her death. Police also said a letter believed to be written by Smith was found near her body.

Source: The Charlotte Observer

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