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Missing Mother found Deceased

Dana Smither's Story

By Christine Childs Published 2 months ago 3 min read
Missing Mother found Deceased
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45-year-old Dana Smithers vanished on May 28, 2022, from her hometown in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She was last seen on a Ring camera around 11:30 p.m. leaving her friend's home which was three houses down from her home. This would be the last sighting of the mother of three until one year later.

Prior to the evening of Dana's disappearance, she went to a festival at the Happy Hour Bar and Grill, close to her home. Dana mingled with friends enjoying the evening. Allegedly, an ex-boyfriend of Dana's was at the bar as well. Many sources stated that Dana and her ex-partner had an amicable relationship.

Dana left the Happy Hour Bar and Grill and went back home. She lived with her mother and young daughter. According to our source, the father of her young daughter was also at Dana's home that evening. Dana stepped out of her home and walked three houses down to visit her friend. Dana's friend said that Dana asked her to come over to her house and visit with her for a while, but the friend declined because she was tired. The friend said that Dana appeared to be nervous about something because she was smoking a cigarette, something she only did when she was anxious. After a brief encounter with her friend, Dana left to go back home.

The following day, Dana's mother awoke to find Dana missing. Dana's cellphone was on the staircase, the car she drove was in the driveway, and her personal belongings were still in the home. Family and friends soon began to call around asking friends and family if they had seen Dana to no avail. The family also attempted to report Dana missing, but the Stroudsburg police department stated that Dana was an adult and allowed to go missing. Allegedly, the police department would not take a missing person's report for Dana.

Her family and friends were adamant that Dana would not just disappear and leave her young daughter behind. They rushed to make missing person's flyers for Dana, launch search and rescues, and even founded a Facebook group to help locate their dear friend and relative. After approximately ten days, the Stroudsburg police department filed the missing person's report on Dana.

There had been much speculation as to why law enforcement was slow to file a missing person's report. One presumption was that due to Dana's history of substance abuse the case was not taken seriously. Often times, law enforcement may not take cases seriously due to a person's history of having risky behavior, social status such as poor and marginalized families.

Many theories emerged regarding Dana Smithers' disappearance. One theory was that Bryan Kohberger, the man indicted for the murder of four university students in Idaho, may have been involved. Bryan's family live in the same area as Dana, and some internet sleuths have speculated that he may have been involved in her disappearance. However, there is no evidence to support this theory.

Dana's friends and family described her as someone who was always willing to help others. According to friends and family, she had a loving and empathetic personality.

Sadly, on April 27, 2023, a Stroudsburg Borough employee found a body in the woods off I-80 at Park Avenue where it was later determined to be Dana Smithers. Dana leaves behind three children that she loved so much. The manner of death is undetermined. This is an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective Robert Transue at [email protected] or by calling 570-421-6800-ext 1027.


About the Creator

Christine Childs

Christine Childs is a freelance journalist, missing person's podcaster and advocate covering the U.S. and Canada. She holds a BA in Social Sciences in criminal justice and psychology. Graduate student in communications.

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