Police still searching for explanation of man’s death

Adam Kent Smith
Adam Kent Smith Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Police are still searching for answers about an injured man who asked police for help near uptown April 15 and died later that night at a hospital.

Adam Kent Smith, 24, approached a police motorcade at Mint and Morehead streets about 20 minutes after checking himself out of a treatment program at the Charlotte Rescue Mission in the 900 block of West First Street, according to search warrants filed this week.

Police searched Smith’s belongings at the mission, according to search warrants. They seized two bags of Smith’s belongings, along with video and photographs, according to the warrants.

Bill Lockley, program director of the Rebound Men’s Program at Charlotte Rescue Mission, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Smith’s mother had dropped him off at the mission several days earlier to undergo treatment, according to the warrants that were returned by police to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

Smith’s mother, Lori Smith of York, has told The (Rock Hill) Herald that she took her son to the mission that Monday and last spoke to him the morning of the day he died.

The warrants do not say what Smith sought treatment for at the mission. A program at the mission treats people for alcohol and other drug dependencies.

Smith told police at the Mint-Morehead intersection that he was having trouble breathing, according to the warrants. He had blood coming from his nose and mouth, police said in the warrants.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have classified the case as a death investigation. It has not been deemed a crime. The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Smith died as a result of blunt force trauma, police said in April.

Smith was about 4-feet-3 inches tall and weighed 85 pounds. He had achondroplasia, or dwarfism, police said.

Smith graduated from Northwestern High School in 2009, according to The Herald. He was known at the Rock Hill school as the manager for the Trojans’ state champion soccer team.

The investigation is ongoing. Police asked anyone who saw Smith on April 15 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. near Bank of America Stadium to call 911 or 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective.

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