When a Virginia outdoorsman fails to return from a day of hunting in the woods behind his home, authorities suspect an accident and hope to rescue him quickly. When no trace of him can be found, the investigation that follows explores the possibility of foul play in the Appalachian Mountains in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Where is Eric? Mystery of Missing Tazewell Hunter Unsolved (Greg Jordan / Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

Into Thin Air: New Lead in Tazewell Missing Hunter Case; Mother Asks for Prayers (Charles Boothe / Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

Eric Grady Smith (The Charley Project)

Friends of Missing Man Share Thoughts on Disappearance (Greg Jordan / Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

Report of Investigation: Underground Coal Mine: Fatal Exploding Vessel Under Pressure Accident January 11, 2012 (US Dept. of Labor, Coal Mine Safety and Health)

Video: Cedar Bluff Police Chief David Mills Discusses Case of Hunter’s Disappearance (Tazewell Star via YouTube)

Can Scent-Elimination Sprays Beat the Nose of a Drug-Sniffing Dog? (Scott Bestul / Field and Stream)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Eric Smith, please call the Virginia State Police at 276-889-7660. 

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