UPDATE: Search continues for missing man

By Kyle Daly

August 5, 2013 - 11:38 am
Thomas Keith Smith has been missing from his home since Wednesday. Submitted

A 50-year-old Thunderbird Farms resident who was last seen by his wife Wednesday evening remains missing, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is continuing aerial searches Monday, looking for any signs of Thomas Smith, a man who left his residence on the 11000 block of North Glyde Drive after getting into a verbal argument with his wife.

Amber Smith, a neighbor who is not related to the family, has helped out alongside her husband. She organized a community search last Friday with ATVs and horses and continued to help throughout the weekend. The family also has received assistance from another search and rescue group with trained search dogs.

Kristi Smith, commander of Arizona Search Track and Rescue, said the nonprofit group used five search dogs over the weekend to look for Thomas Smith but had no luck.

Arizona Search Track and Rescue is an all-volunteer nonprofit group based in Peoria. Also assisting in the search is the nonprofit’s sister group, Find Me, which investigates missing person’s cases as well. 

Smith said the group plans to continue a search Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Three small planes will be up in the air that can fly at low altitude and slow speeds, she said. Cameras will take photos from the planes so pictures can later be analyzed.

So far, no clues have turned up.

“With everything that we’ve done, we’ve found nothing,” Amber Smith said.

Thomas Smith, who also goes by his middle name Keith, left his residence about 8 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Smith left his wallet, keys, cellphone and medication for his type 2 diabetes. He does not require insulin, but the medicine does keep his blood sugar down.

Smith’s name has been entered into a nationwide missing person’s database. The sheriff’s office has followed up with Smith’s friends as well as searched hospitals, shelters, hotels and other locations.

Tim Gaffney of PCSO said the office’s Search and Rescue Unit is trying to locate Smith and a helicopter is being used in the search.

Rhonda Smith, his wife, previously told InMaricopa the two have fought before, but for him to step out and never come back is unusual.
Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 520-866-5111.

Kelli Daniels, the daughter of Thomas Smith, said anyone who would like to assist the family in some way can call her at 252-646-4885.

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