28-year-old David Gipson Smith left his home in Pilesgrove, New Jersey on August 5th, 2017. He drove to Catonsville, Maryland where he met up with a friend. When plans with that friend didn't quite work out, she introduced him to a second woman who claims to have dropped David off on an undeveloped piece of property in Lisbon, Maryland. She supposedly left David there with no food or water and didn’t return to check on him for days. When David's family failed to hear from him for several days, they began to piece together his last known whereabouts. When they got to the property in Maryland, there was no trace of David.
If you have any information regarding the whereabout of David Gipson Smith, you can call their tip line at 856-381-1357, you can also call the Howard County Police Department at 410-313-STOP or send an email to HCPDCrimetips@Howardcountymd gov. You can follow David's case on Facebook: Missing: David Gipson Smith.
UPDATE 3/23/18- News Release: Body found in woods last month identified as missing person David Gipson Smith.
Howard County police have been notified that the remains of a body found in Allegany County in late February are those of David Gipson Smith, 28, who was reported missing from Howard County in August 2017.
Smith’s remains were discovered Feb. 25 by hikers in Green Ridge State Forest in Flintstone, Md. His cause of death has been ruled undetermined by the state medical examiner. He was identified through dental records. Authorities are unable to confirm his time of death.
Smith disappeared August 6 after coming to Maryland from his home in New Jersey to visit an acquaintance. When he didn’t return home by Aug. 12, his family notified police that he was missing.
Investigators do not have information about the circumstances of Smith’s death. Anyone with information should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.