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.
Eric was 41 years old when he went missing in 2013. He was a family man and avid outdoorsman who held a supervisory position at a Virginia mine. He is missed by his family and many others who knew him.
The marker on this map denotes Eric’s house. An avid hunter, Eric owned 40 acres of land near the home. He never returned from a hunting trip into those woods in November of 2013.
Eric was an experienced hunter who frequently spent time in the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains. Authorities initially thought he may have suffered an accident or medical event in the woods, but found no trace of him.
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.