UPDATE:Mary Byrne Smith, Missing Minister’s Wife Returns to Alabama From New York

Thursday, August 02, 2007

FAIRHOPE, Ala. —  [4 months ago, Mary “Beth” Smith, the minister’s wife from Alabama pawned her wedding ring and took the bus to New York.  

The police were finally able to trace her to New York and found her working in a fast food restaurant under an assumed named.  Since being found she has now returned home and says she made a serious mistake leaving. 

I wonder if she hadn’t been found if she would have returned and even now, is she home to stay?…flagranny2]

BREAKING NEWS:Missing Alabama Minister’s Wife Found Working at Fast-Food Restaurant in New York

Monday, July 30, 2007
By Sara Bonisteel

The wife of an Alabama minister missing for more than four months has been located by police unharmed and working under an alias at a fast-food restaurant in New York state, authorities said Monday.

Louisiana police located Mary Byrne Smith alive and well in New York state on Friday. The 30-year-old kindergarten teacher had been working under an assumed name at a fast-food restaurant.

“We know it’s her,” Bossier City Police Chief Mike Halphen said at a press conference Monday. “She did not want us to disclose the reasons why she left, and she did not want us to disclose where she is living.”

She does not face criminal charges, Halphen said. 

“People have their reasons for wanting to start a new life and that was her choosing,” Halphen said. “And again, we encouraged her very, very hard to contact her family and at least talk with her children and we believe that she at will.”

Police were able to trace Smith to New York after the Alabama Department of Education notified authorities that she had applied for a copy of her teaching certificate. She knew detectives were looking for her and expressed remorse, authorities said.   [Full Story]

Missing Alabama Preacher’s Wife Sold Wedding Ring Day She Disappeared

Thursday, July 26, 2007
By Sara Bonisteel

[“At 11 o’clock that day, she told her companion that she was going to go to the concession stand and use the restroom, and it was the last time that Mrs. Smith was seen,” Halphen said…. Full Story ]

The wife of an Alabama minister missing since March sold her wedding ring at a pawnshop on the day she disappeared, police said Thursday. Mary Byrne “Beth” Smith, 30, is seen on surveillance video from a Bossier City, La., pawnshop hocking her wedding ring the morning she was reported missing, Bossier City police said.The store security camera shows Smith wearing a purple shirt and exiting the shop at 11:36 a.m. on March 24, the same day she disappeared from Living Proof Live, a women’s conference she was attending with her friend Jenny Gipson at the Bossier City CenturyTel Center.Click here to view photos.

The video reiterates investigators’ belief that Smith, the wife of Rev. Jason Smith of Summerdale, Ala., left on her own free will, Bossier Police Chief Mike Halphen said in a statement. Smith does not face criminal charges, but police would still like to locate her.