An autopsy will be performed Monday on Anna Smith, an Appalachian State University freshman who apparently committed suicide, the Rev. Dana McKim, a spokesman for the family, said Sunday.
McKim said the autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Smith’s family has not made funeral arrangements, he said.
Boone police offered no new details Sunday on the death of Smith, an 18-year-old history major from the High Point area who was found in a wooded area near the university on Saturday after a nearly two-week search.
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to go that long without knowing where your child is,” McKim said. “Despite the tragedy of it all, there is a sense of relief in that at least they now know where Anna is.”
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People familiar with the scene said Smith asphyxiated herself. Her driver’s license and her student ID card were found with the body.
Smith, who had been in a personal crisis in her first weeks of college, was last seen Sept. 2 when she took a Mountaineer SafeRide, a van service that shuttles students around after dark, from the Holmes Convocation Center. She was dropped off in a parking lot at Mountaineer Hall about 10:30 p.m.
Several questions remained on Sunday about Smith’s disappearance and the 11-day search for her.
Police have not released a timeline of Smith’s disappearance.
And although two searches were done – including one with bloodhounds – it was unclear if police had searched the far side of Mountaineer Hall where Smith’s body was ultimately found.