Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 26, 2014

Officials still on lookout for missing hunter

CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — Officials are still asking the public to come forward in the disappearance of a hunter that went missing in November 2013.

Eric Smith, 42, of Cedar Bluff, was reported missing by his wife on Nov. 8 when he did not return home from a day of hunting.

After countless days and weeks of searching over 80 plus acres including Smith’s personal land and also land from Claypool Hill into Richlands and Cedar Bluff, search teams fell short of finding Smith.

Between donations and money gathered by Smith’s family, the reward for Smith is up to $20,000, according to Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police.

“We are constantly receiving leads and tips and our investigators are following up on those as we receive them. We are still asking the public to come forward with information they might have,” Geller said.

The Cedar Bluff Police Department and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office continue to search and investigate Smith’s disappearance.

 Smith is 6-foot-1 inches tall, approximately 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Eric 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. Geller said anonymous calls are welcome.

— Contact Anne Elgin at

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