Macin Smith's father and mother say investigative actions will only clear their names
Bizarre and sad case. Nothing overtly points to the family having anything to do
with his disappearance, but police may have evidence we're not privy to. As
for the poster who mentioned that maybe the police should tell the person that
they are tracking that they are tracking them...um...no, that kind of defeats
the purpose, eh? Probable cause and well within the law. It's part of the
criminal investigation process. I hope their is resolution to the case for all
Tommy Webb - kudos to you and others for taking an active role in this matter.
I feel the youth who associated with Macin at school and church, as well as
family members, have been forgotten.
Just playing devils advocate with some of the previous comments
It doesn't sound like the police had any other leads to investigate and
family members are often responsible in these situations. Even though the time
discrepancy could be easily explained it was still there and probably merited
checking out. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the police were just following
up on one of the few leads the case provided and I'd rather they run down
every lead than ignore one that could break open the case. And the parents
weren't even aware of the GPS until recently, suggesting the police
weren't trying to pester the parents but were trying to find a new clue to
pursue. Nothing came from this and the police moved on (the interview and
lie-detector were at the husband's request). This is a tragic
story that has taken a huge toll on the family.
As sad as this article was about this missing teen, even sadder was that this
badgering and the unfounded accusations towards these parents which actually
caused them so much stress, they dissolved their marriage and remaining children
and divorced! Get real. The management of this whole thing on the investigation
side was and is beyond stupid!
This is ridiculous. Leave that family alone.
First, I hope they find Macin or obtain some kind of resolution to his
whereabouts.Secondly, I find the placement of a GPS device on the
dad's truck quite disturbing. I guess they obtain a warrant from a Judge to
do that. If a warrant is obtained on a person or their belongings, should they
be made aware of that ? Apparently not in this case. I guess it was on his truck
for 60 days at least, maybe more. What ??Just curious, how many GPS
tracking devices are on vehicles right now in St George to "investigate"
potential suspects ? Could a GRAMA request be given to SGPD to find out ? I'd like to know an answer to that one.There are many
questions still to be asked regarding the police investigation, but this GPS
surveillance is very disturbing behavior by the local authorities.
Like NeifyT said, there isn't a discrepancy in the fact that the dad
clocked into the gym 4 minutes after the bus should have picked up his son, even
though the gym was 10 minutes away. When I rode a bus we had to be there 10-15
minutes early to not miss the bus. It didn't always come at the same time.
Furthermore, if the kid ran away to commit suicide, he may very well have left
earlier than he usually would take the bus. Kudos to the dad for trying to help
his son break a habit of excessive internet use and pornography. I've read
several articles written by Utah news agencies that state there is a huge
correlation between teen suicide and electronics in their bedroom.
zipadeedoodah,Perhaps your criticism is well-founded. Certainly, it
can be argued how much law enforcement should focus on grieving family members.
(And since different people grieve differently and every family dynamic is
different, it can be argued what family members' actions in the aftermath
of something like this actually prove.)To this day, notwithstanding
the all-but-definitive proof of Brian David Mitchell's and Wanda
Barzee's criminal responsibility in Elizabeth Smart's abduction and
related crimes, certain rabid conspiracy-mongers question the official account
in Elizabeth's disappearance. Not even a detailed, signed, sworn
confession of the perpetrators would satisfy them. That said,
whatever exceptions may exist (and however many there may be), there's a
reason for the old saying in law enforcement: Before you look for outlaws, make
sure you look at in-laws.
I went to High School with Macin, he would've graduated with me and my
friends. My friend and I sat with him at lunch regularly tha first month of
school before he went missing. Our high school was devastated about the news.
My friend and I organised a fundraiser that raised $10,000 for Red Rock Search
and Rescue, the school held a vigil for him, the outpouring of support was
incredible. Through all of that, the Smith Family handled the situation with
grace and dignity. I'm sickened to read this. The Smith's are
honest, moral, upstanding people. I still think about Macin regularly. I hope
that someday the Smith's, Desert Hills High School community, and anyone
else affected will get closure and truth will prevail.
And continuing on down.“neither Tracey nor Darrin has ever
called me to check on the status of the case since Macin was initially listed as
a runaway on 9/1/2015. Over the last year, I have also not heard from any of
Macin’s siblings regarding the search or status of Macin’s
case.”Given that (previously identified in the article); the
evidence suggested the "run away" also committed suicide (and was a
known suicide risk); why would the parents call the police a year later asking
for an update? Again, the police are making presumptions of guilt and not
looking at things rationally. Rationally speaking the parents wouldn't
presume the cops would have any update; unless a body is found... and then one
would hope that the cops would contact the family immediately. Thus the parents
would have no reason to ever contact the cops.That doesn't mean
the parents are guilty of anything; they are just being realistic given the
circumstances. The cops are clearly guilty of prejudice though!
Still not through the whole article but the more I read the angrier I get.Obviously the cops were not following all the leads like they claim.
They were focused on the parents' so called "discrepancies" --
which aren't discrepancies at all; but the cops way of spinning facts; they
are worse than journalists.For instance, they claim that there was a
time discrepancy between when the son was supposed to be picked up by a bus; and
the time the father went to the gym. No discrepancy at all; the child may have
gone out early (when I was in school I had to be to the bus stop 15 minutes
early if I wanted to catch the bus--the driver would often come very early).The statement that the parents didn't "see" the teen is
also not a discrepancy. They "thought" they "heard" the son in
the kitchen; after having called to him to wake up for school and going back to
bed. Quite possible that the teen did leave in the night and they imagined what
they expected.When cops begin to "spin" the events for the
sole purpose of getting a warrant to track an individual... that is when they
become prejudiced. Not searching for the teen but presuming guilt and only
looking for evidence of guilt.
Didn't get through this whole article before having to comment. The mother
stated:"The sooner they would investigate us, the sooner they
could move on and hopefully find a trail to where Macin is."The
problem I have with that is... that police; once they pre-judge someone; they
never just move on; even when it is 100% clear innocence; they tend to still
presume guilt and will only keep searching until they find something that makes
it appear as the parents are guilty.The police should never
"focus" on anyone that there isn't evidence committed a crime.Investigating ALL leads (including the parents) is fine... so long as
they do not "focus" on someone based on a presumed level of guilt...
unfortunately from the start of this article it appears the cops are only
focused on the parents; and presume the parents are guilty rather than actually
following all leads.
Leave the poor parents alone. Not everyone handles a horrendous thing as this in
the same way. The parents sound credible to me and the father even took a
polygraph at his own offering. And the son has suicide notes in his own
handwriting. Why keep badgering and shaming these unfortunate parents. Parents
separate from traumas like this and when law enforcement add to it by
accusations and insinuations, it is all the more likely their marriage will be
affected.Let the parents have some peace.