Divorce, despair and a family’s need to ‘move on’ leads to final search for Macin Smith

Tracey Bratt-Smith, mother of missing Utahn Macin Smith, is joined by her brother, and Macin’s uncle, Keith Bratt, in an exclusive interview with Gephardt Daily reporter Daisy Blake, Sept. 8, 2018. 

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 9, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — It’s been three agonizing years since 17-year-old Macin Smith vanished from his family’s St. George, Utah home.

The mystery surrounding his disappearance has taken a devastating toll.

Despite the tireless efforts of his family, friends and thousands of volunteers worldwide, the search for the troubled teen has come up empty.

Now, those closest to Macin say it’s time to move on.

In an exclusive interview with Gephardt Daily, Macin’s mother, Tracey Bratt-Smith and her brother, Keith Bratt, Macin’s uncle, reveal just how heavy the burden has been for Macin’s loved ones — including a decision by Tracey and husband Darrin to end their marriage of more than 30 years.

They also discuss — in new detail — the contents of a letter found after Macin’s disappearance and why it’s led them to one inescapable conclusion — that its time for those who love Macin most to once again live their lives.

To see the emotional interview with Bratt-Smith and her brother, click on the player above.

For images from what was likely the last large scale search for Macin conducted the in St. George, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, see the photo gallery below. Click to enlarge images.

Update: Late word from the search organizers was that no evidence of Macin Smith was found.

Keith Bratt wrote a lengthy message about the family’s gratitude on the Facebook page Help Find Macin Smith #Macin’s Warriors, concluding his message, “Although Tracey’s son was not found today, a huge burden was lifted.”


  1. Daisy, THANK YOU for another beautiful interview.
    Keith, we love you!
    Tracey, I wish I could wrap you in a hug and let the strength and compassion and grace that has poured from you through all of this bare you up at this time. You are a pillar. (of light, of strength, of goodness of bravery, or compassion, and of hope and of such an example of Christlike faith. THANK YOU.

  2. Nowhere in the article or video are those supposedly newly released details of the two page letter. Maybe if those details were released, it would trigger new leads. There could be info in those “details” that might make someone, who knows the missing Macin–maybe lives next door or works side by side with him–recognize him as who he really is. He could be using a fake name, taking cash for work, living off the grid. I think the details should be released.

    • It’s all very suspicious. Why not release the letter? It’s likely that he is NOT ALIVE; if he is alive, he would contacted the world somehow. His family drove him to insecurity and bear the responsibility for his discontent.


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