Dedrick Bernard Smith
Smith, approximately 2006
Date reported missing : 10/03/2006
Missing location (approx) :
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/08/1980 (40)
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 178 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A shirt; jeans; purple, yellow, red and white Air Jordan sneakers; and a gold chain necklace with a medallion.
Medical conditions : Smith suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and is in need of medication. He has violent mood swings as a result of his condition and caution is advised when approaching him. He may also suffer from amnesia and not remember who he is or how to get home.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Smith has a tattoo of the face of Jesus on his right shoulder and a tattoo of the face of a lion on his left shoulder.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was last seen in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on October 3, 2006. His girlfriend went out in the middle of the night to get food, and when she returned he was gone. He changed his shirt and left his girlfriend's house on Booker Street, driving his bright blue/turquoise 1993 Pontiac Grand Am with the North Carolina license plate number NYB3645, and has never been heard from again.
There were reported sightings of him in the local area after his disappearance, but none of these were confirmed. His vehicle, which contained several extra changes of clothes, was never located.
Smith maintained daily contact with his loved ones prior to his disappearance, and he had promised his mother he'd visit her house on October 4, but none of his family and friends have heard from him since he went missing. He graduated from Parkland High School and was attending Forsyth Technical Community College at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Winston-Salem Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
MySpace pageheader for Dedrick Smith
The Charlotte Observer
The Winston-Salem Journal
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Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. March 20, 2012; picture added.