La Vernia man not ‘missing’


The case of a missing La Vernia man took an odd twist, after a Dec. 27 phone call.

Charles Smith’s wife, Stacey Jones-Smith, reported to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office that her husband, a veteran who is on medication, was last seen Dec. 22, driving in San Antonio. Subsequently, Smith was listed as a missing person with state and national crime-information networks.

That soon changed, after Smith contacted the sheriff’s office. According to Investigator Richard Nichols, the veteran said he is OK and doesn’t want to be found.

His name was removed from the crime-information sites, Nichols said. The sheriff’s office no longer considers Smith to be a missing person.