Dedrick Smith Missing: $10,000 Cash Reward Offered

11:20 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Clemmons man is offering a $10,000 reward to solve a missing person's case from seven years ago.

Dedrick Smith's mother last heard from her son Oct. 2, 2006. He's been missing ever since.

Dedrick was 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed about 178 pounds at the time he was reported missing.

Despite efforts over the years to find Dedrick, the family still has not heard from him or received any information on his location. They even put up a billboard along Silas Creek Parkway in 2012 with a photo of Dedrick.

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In April 2012, family members told WFMY News 2 that his disappearance is puzzling. They said even his car, a '93 Pontiac Grand AM with NC plate number NYB3645, has vanished. His mother said he was with his girlfriend when he called her at 2 a.m. to tell her he wasn't coming home the night they last spoke.

Rick Baker, a writer and missing person's activist, is willing to pay big money for finding Dedrick. "Someone knows something," he said.

But he wants proof. 

Baker says people can report anonymously, but they need to show him that Dedrick is alive or give evidence of his death. 

"You show me where Dedrick is, what happened to him, you can have this $10,000. It's just that simple," said Baker.

Dedrick's mother, Debra Smith, says Baker is a 'God-send.' 

Debra said, "You birthed the child into this world and your child comes up missing, there are no words to explain that, all I can tell you is that my world has been turned upside and that my heart is broken into a million and one pieces."

Baker plans to offer the reward through the rest of 2013.

If you have any information about Dedrick, call (760) 212-3839 or email

WFMY News 2

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