ST. GEORGE, UTAH – September 17, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Candlelight vigils in St. George and Provo were held last night for missing teenager Macin Smith.
Smith, 17, was last seen in the Little Valley area of St. George on the morning of September 1. He is 6’4″ and 200 lbs. with short blond hair and blue eyes.
Search efforts for Smith have been extensive. St. George Police are investigating, SWAT teams have been looking for him near his home, and a search is planned by an equestrian team from Las Vegas. The searches and fundraising efforts will continue until he is found.
The following account of the vigil in St. George was posted on the Help Find Macin Smith Facebook page by his mother, Tracey Bratt Smith: “There was a great crowd gathering. Mostly students. It was heartwarming to see the support from Desert Hills High School. What a great example those kids are and I wished that Macin could of somehow took a peek at the approx. 260 people gathered on his behalf. The vigil was opened with a prayer followed by some comforting words from Gil Almquist (mayor’s office). The DHHS choir performed a most beautiful number (this is the choir Macin was a part of). It was meaningful. Melesa Kohler then sang ‘Amazing Grace.’ Such a beautiful spirit was felt tonight. It was a perfect vigil. Never been to one, but I believe it was a perfect one. The service club from DHHS was there on sight providing candles and just being all around pleasant. I received many hugs from complete strangers and for someone who was reserved just a few weeks ago, I welcomed all the love.
“Meanwhile, some of my family and friends gathered at Pioneer Park in Provo to do the same. Unified. Friends from Canada lit candles and in many other states, a light was lit on behalf of a missing son.
“I love how Macin has brought so many together in unity and has provided a way for hearts to unite and increase in love and faith. The world was an ugly place for me at one point; now it is evident the world is full of lovely, self sacrificing, thoughtful, and everyday kind of super heroes.”
The teen and his family moved to the southern Utah town from Canada five months ago.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Smith, click here for more information. For more about the search and the search efforts, search #macinsarmy.
Anyone with more information should contact the St. George Police Department at (435) 627-4300.