Prayers Continue for South Jersey Man Missing for Months

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A Salem County native has been missing for almost three months and now his family is bringing the community together to pray for his safe return home. 

Gipson Smith, who is 28 years old, was getting ready to move out of his parents’ home on Saturday, August 5th, of this year.

He told his parents he was moving in with a friend in Pilesgrove. 

After not hearing from him for several days, his parents pulled his phone records and got in contact with a woman from Maryland who was on the call log.

“She told us that the last time she had seen him was on the sixth of August,” said Reverend Doug Smith, David’s father. 

It was that woman, who they can’t name, that saw their son on August 6th in Libson, Maryland, at a piece of land her family owns.

We have a list of questions with not many answers.

But, when Gipson Smith's parents searched the property on Saturday, August 12th, “There was nothing of his on the property," said Julie Smith, David’s mother.

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Fast forward 85 days and their son is still missing. According to the family, there have been very few leads in the case. 

“There are a couple of other items that we still don’t have answers for,” said Julie. 

“We have a list of questions with not many answers,” said Doug. 

Despite this tough time, the family is holding up the best they can. 

“We’re not doing very well,” said Julie. 

They’ve heard from many people through a Facebook page they have set up in hopes that somebody will come forward. 

Sharptown United Methodist Church, in Pilesgrove, is Smith’s hometown church. It’s more than 100 miles way from where he was last seen and the community is coming together to pray for him. 

“It’s incredible,” said Julie. “The expressions of love and support have been overwhelming,” said Doug.

They hope the continued prayers from the community and themselves will help in discovering David’s whereabouts. 

“We’ve said on occasion that we’d like for David to return home," said Doug. "We’re primarily interested in finding David and finding out that he is alive and well.” 

But until then, a reward is currently set at $6,000. 

They hope that anyone with information on the disappearance of David Gipson Smith will contact the Howard County Police Department at 410-313-STOP or hcpdcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.


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