SILVER ALERT: 14-Year-Old Duplin Teen Missing

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing endangered teenager from Wallace in Duplin County.

Police are looking for 14-year-old Mattea Smith who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

While the statewide alert says Smith is a boy, Wallace police this morning supplied WITN News with a picture of the missing girl.

Police say the girl is possibly without her medication and may have run away with another teen girl.

The two were last seen around 4:00 p.m. on October 21st at the Tri-County Youth Center in Wallace.

Smith is 5'5 135 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wallace Police Department.


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  • by A friend Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    I knew the missing teen on a personal level, meeting her in a way I'm not permitted to share. I'm a teen as well, in the Greenville area, quite a ways from Duplin county. I would really appreciate any updates or new information to be posted soon.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Just wondering if you have any updates on this missing girl. My daughter knows her and is anxious to know if she has been found..
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    The picture sure doesn't show blond hair??
  • by me Location: Pantego on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    I thought it was a boy? Now it seems to be a girl! And if silver alert was appropriate for an older person missing, then maybe a new name needs to be disignated for a child with mental disabilities.
  • by m on Nov 1, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Medication or not this was REPORTED as "may have run away". Great Reporting Ah-gin
  • by Anonymous Location: witn.com on Nov 1, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    Loris, a picture was not sent out until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by authorities with the update that it was a girl, not a boy who was missing.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Half a story that leaving many questions for one to ponder ain't worth reading IMO.
  • by Anonymous Location: Goldsboro on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Why is she just now being reported missing if she's been missing since Oct 21st?
  • by Michelle Location: Wilson on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    If she has supposedly run off with another teenager, why hasn't THAT teenager been reported missing? I hope she turns up unharmed. I am thankful that we have these types of alerts in place for the safety of those involved!
  • by joe Location: faison on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    U only issue a ambert alert is the child has been aducted. A sliver alert can b issued for anyone
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