Boone police confirm body found near ASU is High Point teen Anna Smith


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A road closure in Boone near the area where officials said the body was found. (WGHP-TV)
A road closure in Boone near the area where officials said the body of Anna Smith was found. (WGHP-TV)

BOONE, N.C. – Police in Boone have confirmed that the body found in a wooded area Saturday morning is that of missing Appalachian State University student Anna Smith.

The body of the 18-year-old from High Point was found Saturday morning in a wooded area off of Poplar Grove Road, according to police.

Police said Smith’s student ID and driver’s license were found at the scene.

“Initial evidence indicates the deceased person found today is Anna Marie Smith,” police said in a tweet.

The state medical examiner took the body to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, according to Boone police. Officials have not provided a time frame for when the autopsy is expected to be completed.

Details on the circumstances leading up to Smith’s death have not been released.

Smith was reported missing by her roommate on Sept. 3, more than a week ago. Volunteers have been scouring areas in and around Watauga County for days looking for Smith.

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

The family said Smith did not have a car and did not take a cell phone with her the night she went missing, according to the Appalachian.

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, according to previous reports.

Sheri Everts, the chancellor of the university, released a statement saying she was “deeply saddened” to share that the search for Smith “ended tragically.”

“Having one of our own missing struck the Appalachian community very hard, and this very sad news is heartbreaking for us all,” Everts wrote. “The loss of Anna will continue to weigh heavy on our hearts. I ask that we all join together to support and care for one another as we mourn.”

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