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App State police search woods for missing woman

Appalachian State University police and other emergency personnel conducted another search Saturday morning but reported finding no trace of an 18-year-old student who has been missing for several days.

Anna Smith, of High Point, was last seen Wednesday. She had been reported missing earlier that day, but ASU police learned afterwards that Smith had been spotted Wednesday evening near her residence hall.

On Saturday morning, university police were joined by Boone police and other personnel in a search of several wooded areas on campus. Those same areas had been searched earlier, Appalachian State University officials said.

Smith’s friends and family members said they are distributing fliers around the campus and elsewhere in the Boone area this weekend. The fliers also were distributed among tailgaters outside Kidd-Brewer Stadium prior to ASU’s football game Saturday night against Campbell University.

Smith is 5-foot-9 with a slender build. She has short red hair, blue eyes, nose piercings, and a black-and-white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collarbone. Police said she was wearing light-colored shorts and a shirt when last seen.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact ASU police, 828-262-2150. Reports also can be made anonymously online.

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