John David Smith

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Above: Smith, circa 2001

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 15, 2001 from Springfield, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 7, 1947
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Smith's nicknames are Tom and Tommy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Smith was last seen in Springfield, Missouri on February 15, 2001. He disappeared with his girlfriend, Maureen Webb, and neither of them have been heard from again. Webb disappeared the day after Smith did. She was last seen driving her black 1990 Ford Aerostar Van after leaving her home; the vehicle was subsequently found abandoned at a local mall.

    In 2006, Richard L. Evans was charged with first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of Webb and Smith. His wife, Thenia S. Evans, was also charged with murder as well as evidence tampering. She allegedly witnessed the murders and helped clean up afterward. Smith and Webb were reportedly shot to death and their bodies dismembered, possibly fed to pigs, and burned. A search of Richard Evans's property turned up bone fragments and a spent shell casing, but the case against him and his sister fell apart after a crucial witness refused to testify.

    Foul play is suspected in Smith and Webb's disappearances due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    Missing Persons Unit
    800-877-3452

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    Source Information
    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    The Bolivar News
    The Southeast Missourian
    NamUs

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 9, 2017; middle name, height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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