#UNSOLVED: Tim Smart last seen in Boiling Spring Lakes in 1995

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Detectives in one Brunswick County town are looking for answers in a missing persons case more than 20 years old.

Timothy Smart, 25, was last seen in Boiling Spring Lakes in July 1995.

“His mother said in a letter that he liked to wear western clothes, cowboy boots, that kind of attire from the 90s,” Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

Smart is not a North Carolina native, but in 1995 he was living in Boiling Spring Lakes.

“He’s actually from North Dakota,” Shirley said. “His mother lived in California. Not sure what brought him here. I believe he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a truck driver. Not exactly sure what brought him here if it was employment or a relationship.”

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said they do not know much about Smart, but they do know he had a run in with the law in June of 1995.

“It was a DWI I believe,” Shirley said. “He had a court date pending in August.”

Smart would never make it to that court appearance. Shirley said Smart lived in the 200 block of South Shore Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes. That was the last place he was ever seen.

Shirley said Smart had just gotten a new job. He said Smart had been hired by a trucking company in South Carolina and was scheduled for orientation to start driving the truck. Smart would never make it to that orientation either.

“Some of the information we have was that he left walking or was going to hitch hike to get to that job interview or to get to that orientation,” Shirley said.

“Do you know who the last person was that saw him?”
“Yes. Well we have information that it was the gentleman that he was living with or staying with,” Shirley said.

Shirley said it was July 15, 1995. It was reported that he took a shower and left. Shirley said the gentleman that lived there came home and they talked briefly and then, he was gone.

Shirley said Smart was supposed to be at the job orientation on July 17, but he did not show up. While they still do not know much about Smart, Shirley said they do know he was excited about that new job.

“What I’ve been able to you know read in the reports and some of the interviews, but seemed like just like a hard working guy that was excited to try to get this job,” Shirley said. “That’s one thing that everyone keeps talking about is that he was excited about this job and that it was going to be an opportunity for him to get across the country maybe even start working his way back towards his family.”

After more than 20 years, interviewing witnesses, tracking down leads, and even a detailed letter from Smart’s mom, Shirley said they do know a little bit more about Timothy Smart, but no one knows, what happened to him in July 1995.

“I think everything is on the table at this point,” Smart said. “You know we want to believe that he left voluntarily and we would hope that maybe he’s still alive and is just living his life, but we don’t know that.”

Whether he is living a life somewhere or whether there was an accident or foul play or something else, where he is now remains unsolved.

If you have any information, please contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department.

Categories: Brunswick, Local, Unsolved

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