Unidentified body found amid search for missing Bible college student from Trussville

Missing Bible college student Blake Ryan Smith pictured in a yearbook photo 

UPDATE (3:17 p.m.):

The Blount County Sheriff in Tennessee announced the discovery of a body Monday amidst the search for Blake Smith, a missing Bible college student from Trussville, WATE 6 reports.

The remains have yet to be identified by Knox County Regional Forensic Center.

Smith's parents suspect foul play in his disappearance.


20-year-old Blake Smith of Trussville has been missing since Saturday after leaving his dorm room Saturday afternoon in Knox County, TN, according to family members.

Smith is a Junior at The Crown College Of The Bible in Powell, TN.

Smith's aunt, Jill Williams, said Smith left work at Weed Man Lawn Care in Knoxville at 2 p.m Saturday and drove to his dorm. Williams believes Smith possibly showered and dressed before leaving the dorm. Smith posted an Instagram photo from Admiral Farragut Park in West Knox County at 3 p.m. Saturday. Smith never returned to his dorm.

Williams said Smith's father used a tracking system to find Smith's phone and car. The car had crashed into a construction site with a cinder block pressing the gas pedal. Williams tells ABC 33/40 News Smith's beanie hat, shoe and chain necklace were discovered near the vehicle.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office in Maryville, TN confirms they are conducting a joint investigation into Smith's disappearance with the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Jill Williams said deputies, family members and friends are searching for Smith in the wooded area surrounding Admiral Farragut Park.

A Blake Smith Missing Person Facebook page was created to help with the search.

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