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]

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.