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Blake Smith missing, car crashed at construction site, engine left running, brick on gas pedal

Blake Smith

Missing Person Tennessee Blake Smith

The body found in a creek in Louisville, Tennessee, was confirmed Tuesday to be Blake Smith, a Crown College student who went missing over the weekend.

Feb 7. – An autopsy stated Blake’s cause of death was “hypothermia/drowning, and his death appears to be accidental,” the Blount County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.  The family is still stating there is foul play and probably based on how the car was found.  At this point the police have not commented on how the car was found.  There is no explanation either on how Blake ended up in the water.  Did he walk into the water, if so why?  Was he in the car when it crashed causing a head injury which left him confused?  Hopefully, these questions and more will be addressed.

Feb 5 – A body has been found about ¼ of a mile where Blake’s car was located.  The Knox County Regional Forensic Center will perform perform an autopsy for cause of death and the identity will be released after that.  Further investigation likely will be done on the car crash scene to determine if it was foul play or not.

Blake Smith, 20, was last in contact on Saturday when he sent a photo of a lake to his roommate.  Blake attends Crown College in Knoxville, Tennessee and comes from Trussville, Alabama.  His roommate called college administration when Blake didn’t return from work.  They called Blake’s father who tracked Blake’s car at a construction site on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  The car had crashed into the deck of the home being built.  There was a cinder block on the gas pedal. The car was in reverse.  The police state they have not confirmed how the car was found.

Blake Smith
Blake Smith

Social media said Blake’s phone was found on the seat, and a shoe, his beanie, and his chain near his car.

“Police think the car was stolen,” Smith’s aunt, Jill Basher Williams told on Sunday. “The canine unit did not detect his scent outside of the car.”

Jim and Kim Smith, Blake’s parents told Knoxs news, he left work at Weed Man Lawn Care and stopped at his dorm at Crown College before leaving.

The family is trying to figure out if the photo had anything to do with Blake’s disappearance.  They believe it was taken at Admiral Farragut Park.

Smith is approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Contact the KCSO at (865) 215-2243 and BCSO at (865)273-5001 or its anonymous crime hotline at (865)273-5200 if you know Blake’s whereabouts.

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