Her family and friends are the #1 reason why she hardly received any exposure. And when your friends and family don’t care about you, nobody else will.

There are children out there. Let’s say Shiann Creech. Another one of my stories. Her story is so ridiculous and it’s a shame it didn’t go viral. Basically she was at a her dad’s girlfriends house in one by state, North Carolina, I believe and taken back to her dad’s family in Virginia where she starved to death and was pronounced dead after 3-5 days.  I’m actually trying to recall the specifics. But in a nutshell that’s exactly what it is. The doctor’s report states that she died from starvation. No one was charged in this case. The girlfriend is stating when she dropped her off she was fine, and the other family is stating that she arrived in that condition. But no one bothered to take her to the hospital until it was too late. No sensationalism.

Another thing that is a factor in the case. Timing. Timing is everything. If your disappearance falls on the same day of another disappearance you now have competition for media attention. The problem with Stacey Smarts family?  They waited an entire month before they reported her missing. It does not matter what the facts are. The fact of the matter is you did not report her missing for an entire month and that shows that you have a lack of interest in her presence. That means you did not respect her existence.

People are less likely to get involved in a case where the family members could care less unless the person was physically or mentally challenged. As in the case with Aleah Beckerle. She had been wheelchair bound most of her life. She could hardly talk and couldn’t even feed herself. She wore diapers, but her mother says someone kidnapped her.  And we all said who and why? Who would want to kidnap a 19 year old who wears diapers, who has seizures, and is completely dependent on you? That story was extremely popular. It’s the kind of case Nancy Grace would have taken.

Stacey Smart is more than likely dead, is what most people would think. Why?  An entire month went by. So anything could have happened in those 30 days. It’s not like she went missing the same day she was reported missing. She had been gone for a long time. So then the Smart family sets up a GoFundMe account.

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And a few people gave. But nothing like what Sherri Papini received. Also appearance. All blonde hair blue eyed women are not created equal. Sherri Papini was easier on the eyes. She has great photos, and a real presence. She’s not some underground entity with no social standing. She didn’t work, but she had a husband who reported her missing immediately. Stacey Smarts boyfriend never reported her missing. Keith Papini sold us a story. He gave visual effects. He made you try to imagine what he was going through. Their lives were all over the net. Which leads me to believe even more that we were doomed from the start. We skeptics didn’t stand a chance.

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They gave us the pictures they wanted us to see. Lol which FURTHER let’s you know it was staged.

So looking at the photo above, duh who wouldn’t want to return this dashing bride to her beau?

[The boyfriend of missing Lewiston woman Stacey Smart spoke to the Journal on Tuesday, saying he doesn’t know what happened to her and he’s cooperated fully with investigators.

The Journal also spoke to the detective working on the case from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

The boyfriend, Tony Brand, had been living near the Pine Cove Marina by Lewiston Lake with Smart when she went missing around the middle of October. Her debit card was last used Oct. 16 at approximately 6 p.m. in Lewiston, investigators found.

Smart’s daughter, Nicole Santos-Hamann, reported her missing to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 2 after Smart’s family had been unable to reach her for several weeks.

Brand told the Journal he didn’t report Smart missing because he thought she had left him without letting him know. She had her own room in the home in addition to their shared room, and he’d been working long hours, said Brand, who said he provides home care for seniors.

“This whole time we’ve just been waiting for her to come back and show up and she hasn’t,” Brand said. “I just hope and pray that she’s OK. I do really love the girl and we did have a lot of good times.”

Smart’s family has said that Brand isn’t answering the many questions they have about the disappearance.

However, Brand said when Smart’s family began asking about her, he answered all their questions and those of investigators from the Sheriff’s Office.

That included signing papers so the Sheriff’s Office and family could come in and search the home, which they did, he said.

Brand acknowledged he was asked to take a lie detector test but said he didn’t flat out decline. He wanted to make sure it was done correctly and had not talked to his attorney at that point, Brand said.

He hasn’t been asked by the Sheriff’s Office to take a lie detector test since, he said, adding he doesn’t see the point since he is no longer considered by the Sheriff’s Office to be a person of interest in the case.

Detective Ron Whitman said Brand has been cooperative in the case and has allowed searches of the home and property. However, Whitman did say Brand declined a lie detector test, saying he wouldn’t take one without consulting an attorney first.

Although Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney told the Journal last week that the “boyfriend” is not currently considered a person of interest in the case, Whitman said everyone who had contact with Smart is a person of interest, and “we haven’t ruled out anybody.”

Smart’s family noticed missing carpet in the home Brand and Smart shared. Brand said he and Smart had cut out a piece to make a nice entry to the master bedroom and he had made a design there with pieces of carpet. Brand added that he offered that the deputies could pull up the design to look underneath, and they did.

“We weren’t able to inspect the carpeting removed because he couldn’t tell us where it was,” Whitman said, adding that there were certainly pieces of carpet found around the property but none that matched.

That said, Whitman confirmed that the carpeting had been pieced into a design. Investigators looked under the new padding at the flooring underneath which was not new, Whitman said, and saw nothing such as dried blood to indicate anything had happened.

The carpet changes are odd, Whitman acknowledged, but he added that Smart told a friend they planned to make this change to the carpeting before she went missing, and that friend spoke to investigators.

Whitman added that there have been several reported sightings of Smart in front of Weaverville Gas. She was reported to be with an older man in a green SUV. These are people that know her, “they saw and hugged her,” he said.

The people thought these sightings were within the week leading up to Halloween. Whitman said he has so far been unable to confirm this with surveillance video, although it might have been off-camera and the camera did cut out from time to time.

This information has been shared with the family, he said. He asked that anyone who saw Smart after Oct. 16 call the Sheriff’s Office at 623-2611.

Santos-Hamann is skeptical about the reported sightings of her mother at the gas station.

“I think they’re either off with their dates or they are thinking of my aunt, people get them mixed up all the time,” she said.

It doesn’t make sense that her mother’s debit card hasn’t been used, Santos-Hamann said, and “I know that if she was able to contact us, she would contact us.”

There have been several community searches for Smart or for evidence as to what happened to her led by Angie Forslund, hired by Smart’s family as search manager.

Forslund sent a statement to the Journal saying that another search is planned for this coming Saturday, Dec. 3. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Pine Cove Marina. Boats with sonar are needed.

“We have reasons to believe that Stacey Smart is deceased and that her body is still in the Lewiston area,” Forslund said.

Furthermore, detectives have been unable to make contact with a key witness in the case — a woman who left the state, she said.

The family is bewildered as to why the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team hasn’t been deployed, noting that the place to start is outward from a radius of where Smart was last seen.

“We want to bring Stacey home and give her the proper memorial she deserves,” Forslund said.  “We need closure for this family and the community.”]

Her boyfriend refused a lie detector test. Can’t say I blame him. Some people may say well if you have nothing to hide why not take it? Other people will come along and say you can beat those tests easily. I don’t think her boyfriend wanted to be caught up in the scandal of everything.

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This is the photo the family should have used. She looks like a person worth knowing. It shows her eyes and smile. It shows HER. 

I’m not victim-blaming. I do not know this young lady. I’m trying to shed some light on how the media sees things and how the media portrays people.

We look at the initial story and we decide within 30 seconds or less if it’s NEWS WORTHY. My site used to be called Erickas NewsWorthy blogs.

I don’t know if Stacey’s boyfriend is telling the truth. Basically because we don’t know who Stacey is. The family hasn’t told much. In order to call him a liar we must first be able to prove who she is. We must first have some type of background into her and how she lived and her issues if she had any. With missing children’s cases we don’t do that under a certain age. But if you notice, when they are in their teens we start to question their motives and their activities.  A three year old toddler who goes missing does not have a motive. So there’s nothing to question there. We direct all of our questions to the parents.

If Stacey’s boyfriend said that he thought she just left him without telling him, then what else is there to go on? Seems to me that her walking out on him was customary. And it seems like her family is used to going long stints without seeing her.

So why would the public care? The media would do a simple announcement for her. I wouldn’t Even do that unless I felt there was more to the story.

I read somewhere that Stacey didn’t have a serious drug problem. So does that mean she’s a casual user?

The media will make or break a case. And from looking out there, there is some interest in the case, but not enough.

It is being reported that Cameron Gamble has been sought after by the family to discuss any strategies for her Homecoming.

And the cycle repeats.