published Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Missing Bledsoe County man found dead

A Bledsoe County man reported missing Thursday night was found dead today in the woods not far from the spot he was last seen, authorities said.

Bledsoe County authorities and family and friends searched wooded areas on Dayton Mountain near state Highway 30 and Porch Rock Road after 45-year-old Darrell Smith’s family reporting he had been missing since Thursday afternoon, according to Bledsoe County dispatchers and Sheriff’s Detective Ricky Seals.

Seals said Friday that Smith’s body was found about 100 yards from where he was dropped off around 8:30 a.m. CDT Thursday as he headed out to hunt ginseng. Smith’s body has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy but Seals said officials do not suspect foul play.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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