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Authorities: Subject of Silver Alert committed suicide

Posted April 22, 2010
Updated April 23, 2010

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— A Moore County man who was the subject of a Silver Alert was found dead Friday morning of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert on Thursday for Elijah Alexander Smith, 74, who went missing from Lucas road in Seven Lakes.

Searchers found Smith's body in a wooded area across from Taylor Memorial Church, on Hoffman Road in Aberdeen, authorities said.


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  • just my2cents Apr 23, 2010

    Wow, my heart aches for him and his family. That is so sad.

  • raggy831 Apr 23, 2010

    sad that this happened..prayers for his family and friends.

  • happymom Apr 23, 2010

    So incredibly sad. I recently lost a family member to cancer after she had a very hard battle. I can understand how this kind of diagnosis can just be too much for a person to bear. He is at peace now.

  • hpickett Apr 23, 2010

    go rest high on that moutain, Al was a great mandolin player, guitarist , one of the best friend a man could have, recent dx of cancer he has been suffering too long. Look forward to seeing you again my friend.

  • ncguy Apr 23, 2010

    You can rest now...

  • garnertoy Apr 23, 2010

    so sad