Crime & Courts

Police: Missing Appalachian State student is ‘endangered’

Anna Marie Smith, an Appalachian State University student missing since last week, has been classified as an “endangered person” by law enforcement agencies searching for her.

Smith, 18, of High Point, was last seen Wednesday. She had been reported missing earlier that day, but ASU police learned afterward that Smith had been spotted Wednesday evening near her residence hall.

On Saturday morning, police and others searched several wooded areas on campus for a second time.

Smith’s friends and family members, who scheduled a news conference for Monday night, distributed fliers around the campus and elsewhere in Boone last weekend. The fliers also were distributed among tailgaters outside Kidd-Brewer Stadium before ASU’s football game Saturday night against Campbell University.

Smith is 5-foot-9 with a slender build. She has short red or blonde hair, blue eyes, nose piercings, and a black-and-white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collarbone. She was possibly carrying a bright blue LL Bean backpack that contained a blue ENO hammock. She was last seen wearing a red or orange top and black leggings. She also typically carries a red purse.

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