ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb. 1, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — For the parents of missing St. George teen Macin Smith, his return would be priceless.
Today, on the five month anniversary of Macin’s disappearance, his family announced that later this week a new flyer will be distributed that offers a $10,000 reward for his safe return.
Macin’s mom, Tracey Bratt-Smith, told Gephardt Daily: “This weekend we were pleasantly surprised by a very generous donor who contributed to Macin’s reward by $5,000. We are going to clean out Macin’s account and add it to that sum and the total reward that will be offered for information leading to the return of Macin will be $10,000. This will be on new BOLOs (Be on the lookout’s) this week.”
Macin, 17, walked away from his home Sept. 1 when his parents thought he was on his way to school. He left behind his cell phone, wallet and laptop. He did leave a note, which his parents discovered a week later, but its contents have never been made public.
Macin has not been heard from since. Early indications were that he might have headed to Las Vegas, but there have been no confirmed sightings. Extensive searches by professional organizations have turned up nothing, and a $1,000 reward offered for credible information remains unclaimed. That $1,000 reward was then boosted to $5,000 by a GoFundMe page, and the additional $5,000 added by a donor.
Bratt-Smith has posted Facebook updates in tribute to her son almost every day to the 14,503 members of the Help Find Macin Smith page on Facebook.
Monday’s entry reads, in part:
1 February 2016
Dear Macin’s Army:
It’s officially five months today that Macin walked off to who knows where and unknowing what his intent was. We haven’t had any substantial leads and it is almost like he was plucked up from the front of our house as no one remembers seeing anything that day/week. Family and friends continue to mourn his absence. He is beloved. He is celebrated. He is missed beyond words.
So incredibly touched and thankful for all of you and your support not only financially, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually. My family and I have been carried continually by this army. New BOLOs will be made and updated on the billboards we do have, we will get that out to the public as soon as possible.
Also, meeting with a new detective this Friday that will hopefully be a set of fresh eyes on the case. There’s been minimal posts here as there has been no new information to roll out. But we are once again renewed and will plunge forward this new year.
I would ask this of all of you… Everyone has had to deal with loss of some sort. What has been your most effective way of coping?? What keeps you from giving up?? Not everyone has a happy ending when they lose someone. How do you stay positive? Thank you and God Bless.
Speaking to Gephardt Daily, Bratt-Smith added: “It’s funny how one day or even one part of the day you can be ‘up’ and feel optimistic and then the very next moment feel despair. I could have never predicted that Macin would be missing this long. Even overnight would of been a shock initially to me. He would write me little notes on scrap paper if he were shooting hoops down the street to let me know where he was.
“My heart is still fractured and yet I read other families ‘missing’ stories and know we are not alone in our struggles. I have so much compassion for anyone who has had to endure such pain of missing a child and having no answers to cling to. So with the help of friends and family, we will recommit our efforts.
“Someone had to have seen something in the last five months that can provide clues to his whereabouts. It was encouraging going to Salt Lake City this weekend and have people recognize me and know Macin’s story. I had total strangers approach me and ask me for hugs. I love that kind of support. Makes me feel like there are so many eyes out there looking for Macin.”
Macin is 6-feet-4-inches and 200 pounds. He has light blue eyes, and he had short blond hair when he went missing.
The Smith family moved to St. George from Canada in 2015, and Macin had been their last child living at home.
Anyone with information on Macin should contact the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300, or David Cummings at Red Rock Search and Rescue on 702-787-4068.