John David Smith
Smith, approximately 2001
Date reported missing : 02/15/2001
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/07/1947 (74)
Age at the time of disappearance: 53 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 180 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Smith's nicknames are Tom and Tommy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was last seen in Springfield, Missouri on February 15, 2001. His girlfriend, Maureen Webb, disappeared the day after he 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'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.
Other information and links : ncy
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Missing Persons Unit
September 2021 updates and sources
Missouri State Highway Patrol
The Bolivar News
The Southeast Missourian
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