ST. GEORGE, Utah, Nov. 17, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The parents of missing St. George teen Macin Smith have announced the last search of the year for their son as the 15-month anniversary of his disappearance approaches.
Macin, the last of the Tracey Bratt-Smith and Darrin Smith’s six children living at home, walked way from home in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2015, when his parents thought the 17-year-old was on his way to school.
Macin left behind his cellphone, wallet, laptop, even his school binder, and effectively vanished without a trace.
Since that day, Macin’s family and friends have had no solid evidence that Macin is still alive. The family has worked with professional search organization Red Rock Search and Rescue and police to bring him home. There is even a $10,000 reward in place, offered for information leading to his safe return. In January, Macin’s story will be featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel documentary series “Disappeared.”
His mother, Tracey Bratt-Smith has talked to Gephardt Daily about almost every aspect of her son’s disappearance, including how intensely challenging the holiday season is. But this November and December may be even harder, as the Smith family faces the unthinkable: the second Thanksgiving and second Christmas without their youngest son.
Bratt-Smith and other family members have posted Facebook updates almost every day to the Help Find Macin Smith page — whose 15,713 members are known collectively as Macin’s Army — in the hope of bringing him home.
Bratt-Smith posted on Wednesday:
16 November 2016
Dear Macin’s Army:
We are putting together the possibly the last search for 2016. If you are local [to St. George], physically in good health and available this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon please meet at the Historic Seegmiller Barn [2450 S. 3000 East] and we will search the one area that has been a menace to do on our own.
Please wear high boots and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Darrin’s tried many times to go through the brush and I know if we can get a group together we can rule out this area once and for all. It’s an area that each time I drive by, my heart sinks as I wonder if that is the key that will provide answers before the holiday. So please if you will, join Darrin and I this weekend.
My mindset last year was a whole lot more optimistic as I thought of Macin holding back somewhere to make a grand entrance back into our lives for the holidays. He was happy to contribute to the menu planning and also really, really, really liked playing Settlers with his brothers. This year my expectations are much lower. Perhaps we can find a clue, just a minute detail that can provide some direction.
I know I’ve got some standby and ready helpers out there. I’m so touched by your willingness. I’m so grateful to you.
Macin is 6-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has light blue eyes, and he had short blond hair when he went missing. The Smith family moved to Utah from Canada in spring last year, and there have been search efforts for him there, too.
Macin did leave a note, which his parents discovered a week later folded inside his wallet. They have not released the contents, preferring to say the note contained an “intent,” which led them to believe he may have planned to harm himself.
Anyone with information about Macin is asked to call the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300, or David Cummings at RRSAR at 702-787-4068.
To watch Bill Gephardt’s August interview with Tracey Bratt-Smith and Darrin Smith, click below.