Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 2, 2014

Reward for information concerning missing Tazewell County hunter increased to $16,000

CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — The reward for the missing Cedar Bluff hunter has been doubled from $8,000 to $16,000 in an effort to generate new leads.

 Eric Smith, 42, of Cedar Bluff, was last seen Nov. 8, 2013. Smith left his home to go hunting that morning on his property in Cedar Bluff.

 When he failed to return home that same evening, family members began searching for Smith and eventually called 911. The Cedar Bluff Police Department responded and initiated a search effort and, with the ongoing assistance of the Virginia State Police, a subsequent investigation into his disappearance, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

 Smith’s employer CONSOL Energy, has matched the $8,000 raised by family members to bring the reward to a total of $16,000. The reward is being offered for any information that leads to Smith's location and/or recovery.

 Smith is 6 feet 1 inch in height and weighs approximately 210 pounds. He is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes.

 Anyone with information about Smith or his whereabouts is asked to call the Cedar Bluff Police Department at 276-963-3975 or the Virginia State Police at 276- 228-3131 or toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-542-8716. Anonymous calls are welcome.


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