ST. GEORGE, Utah, March 1, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Tracey Bratt-Smith and Darrin Smith had an unusual request for their daughter’s 20th birthday Tuesday.
They’re marking the day by asking friends to invite 20 others to like Utah Center for Missing Children Facebook page.
An unusual commemoration perhaps?
Not so much, when one considers their youngest child out of a brood of six has been missing six months as of March 1.
Macin Smith, 17, walked away from his home Tuesday, 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 fully disclosed.
Early indications were that Macin might have headed to Las Vegas, but that was never confirmed, and other possible sightings have not proved credible.
His family has worked tirelessly with professional search organizations and police to bring Macin home.
On the five month anniversary of his disappearance, his family announced a new flyer would be distributed that offers a $10,000 reward for his safe return.
Macin’s mom and other family members have posted Facebook updates in tribute to him almost every day to the 14,846 members of the Help Find Macin Smith page on Facebook.
Speaking to Gephardt Daily, Bratt-Smith said of the six-month anniversary: “It’s affecting me more than I anticipated. Trying to focus on the celebrations of life rather than the trials.”
On the Macin Smith Facebook page, she wrote Monday, in part:
Dear Macin’s Army:
Thank you for all of you who have shared the video compiled by Utah Center for Missing Children. It is a direct message from me to Macin. Last time I checked it had over 1,200 views but I am hoping a group of almost 15,000 may be able to do better with the sharing. The intent is to get it so well circulated that Macin can’t help but see it (Fingers crossed.) Please, please keep vigilant and let’s get this boy back to his family.
I want to celebrate my daughter’s 20th and focus solely on her tomorrow, however it does coincide with the 6 month anniversary of Macin’s disappearance. Half a year!!!!!!? Never would of anticipated that he wouldn’t be home by now. What a great birthday gift for his sister if you would share on her behalf and because she is turning 20, invite 20 friends to like Utah Center for Missing Children Facebook page.
I’m truly grateful for all of you who do not tire and continually keep up the search and prayers for Macin. Whenever I run out of steam, there seems to be one of Macin’s Army that has energy and hope to keep up the fight.
Kia Kaha (Stay Strong)
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 April 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.