Autopsy set for Anna Smith, ASU student found dead in woods

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.”

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.

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