ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – It’s been just over two years since 17-year-old Macin Smith walked away from his home in Southern Utah, his parents still wondering where he is.
On Saturday, volunteers continued to search, and Macin’s mom shared what this search means for her family.
“He wrote his little name on here, so I thought how perfect to bring a part of Macin here with me today,” said Tracey Smith, Macin’s mom, about a backpack she found while cleaning out her garage.
Over 80 dedicated volunteers, many who traveled hundreds of miles to help, searched specific areas in St. George on Saturday.
“You know, it’s a fearful thing. It’s a fearful thing to go out looking for your child’s remains and coming up for a potential of finding them. You know, you don’t want to, but you have to,” said Tracey.
“I drove down from Salt Lake City. Came down just for this,” said Jolyne Gailey, a volunteer.
“After about 2 years of searching we’re just kind of cycling back around. We don’t know if Macin is deceased, we don’t know if he is alive. Today is to make another check off of the list,” said Gailey.
Over 51,000 people who call themselves Macin’s Army continue to share hope, tips and encouragement on the Facebook page “Help Find Macin Smith”.
“I would like the public to not forget him. For his face to be everywhere. For them to be able to recognize anybody that could be potentially Macin,” said Tracey.
“It just goes back to being a mother and not knowing where your son is. I think everyone can relate to that love of a child. I just can’t imagine what Tracey is going through, and just the need to know,” said Gailey.
“These events are hard for us, but when we come from them we feel energized and we feel like we can continue to keep doing things like this. Having this amount of people still interested in this story, it just buoys our whole family up and helps us to continue to have that hope,” said Tracey.