Police: Signs of asphyxia in Anna Smith’s death

Anna Smith Picture courtesy of Appalachian State University
Anna Smith
Picture courtesy of Appalachian State University


The following is a statement from Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford:

“On September 16, 2014, the Boone Police Department received preliminary information from Dr. Lantz, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Anna M. Smith. These are only initial findings and other testing will be completed according to Dr. Lantz. Dr. Lantz provided the following information:

  • There were no injuries to the head, neck, chest, or pelvic region.
  • There were indications of asphyxia.
  • The amount of time Anna had been deceased is consistent with the date she was last seen.
  • A toxicology examination request has been made to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (this testing could take 6-8 weeks).

We want to reassure the Smith family and the community that we have not completed this investigation, in fact, we are just beginning. We know that this information gives the appearance that this was not a homicide, but we must do everything within our power to make sure. We will continue to work toward the goal of answering as many questions about Anna’s death as possible. We are grateful for the full cooperation of our law enforcement partners to include: the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The ASU Police Department, and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.”

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Author: WSIC editor

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