Family of St. George teen missing 10 weeks plans social media blitz
(KUTV) Tuesday marks 10 weeks since 17-year-old Macin Smith walked away from his family St. George home.
The 6'4" basketball player hasn't been seen or heard from since. Now, for the 10-week anniversary of his disappearance, his family is planning a social media blast they hope will "get the whole world involved" in the search for their son.
The newly created Facebook event, named "Macin's Posting Marathon #MPM," lays out the Nov. 10 plan like this:
One of the best ways to get the word out in today's tech world is to do a social media event. Our hope is to have Macin's story one of the top trending stories. How can you help you ask? ;) This is how it works.
Macin's Army and any new recruits will:
(1) Write a post or share a post/picture related to Macin
(2) Make sure you hashtag #macinsarmy #bringmacinhome
(3) Continue to post/hashtag/share all day long
If we have 10,000 people being proactive with this process simultaneously and continue to have their friends and associates do the same, recognition will happen at a macro level. The first 100 people to participate in this event on November 10th will receive a bracelet from Macin's Army as a thank you gift.
The weeks keep passing and there is still not a sign or lead on my boy. Please get involved and let's BRING MACIN HOME!!!!!
According to Gephardt Daily, Macin was last seen leaving for school on Sept. 1. He left his Little Valley-area home without his mobile phone or wallet and has not logged on to social media since. He left behind a note, Gephardt Daily reports, but its contents have not been disclosed to the public.
Macin, who weighs about 200 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes, moved to St. George from Canada with his parents about six months ago, according to Gephardt Daily.
The extensive search for Macin began soon after his disappearance and has included the help of Las Vegas-based Red Rock Search and Rescue, which posted a $1,000 reward last month for information leading to his safe return, according to Gephardt Daily. Still, says RRSAR Commander David Cummings, there have been no leads in the case.
"Nothing, zero, there isn't even a remote clue where he is," Cummings told Gephardt Daily. "He's done the greatest disappearing act I've ever seen."
The group continues to search for Macin, something Cummings said will happen until they find the teen.
The community, too, has rallied around the family, holding two candlelight vigils in the weeks after Macin's disappearance.
"I'm always hoping these things won't be necessary; hoping that Macin will walk through that front door any minute," she said. "We will do what we can with what we have, though."
Police in St. George say the case is still active and they are doing what they can to help find Macin.
The teen's parents, Tracey and Darrin Smith, spoke with Gephardt Daily on-camera, detailing the events that led up to Macin's disappearance and their hopes for his safe return home.
In a second video, posted on Gephardt Daily in mid October, the Smiths discuss the support they've received from their community and their frustrations with the limited police resources dedicated to the search.