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Reward for info leading to missing Tazewell County man increased

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CEDAR BLUFF Va. (WVVA) - A reward offered for information leading to the whereabouts of a Tazewell County man missing since November has been increased.

The family of Eric Smith has raised enough money to increase the reward to $8,000 according to a news release from the Virginia State Police.

Smith, of Cedar Bluff, was last seen on Friday, Nov. 8, when he headed out to go hunting on his property along West Hurt Buggy Road in Cedar Bluff.

When he failed to return home that same evening, family members began searching for Smith and eventually called 911. The Cedar Bluff Police Department responded and initiated a search effort and, with the ongoing assistance of the Virginia State Police, a subsequent investigation into his disappearance.

Smith is 6 feet 1 inch in height and weighs approximately 210 pounds. He is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He has been a long-time employee of Consol Coal Company.

"As one can only imagine, Christmas was a sad and difficult time for the Smith family as they continue to worry about their loved one," said Cedar Bluff Police Chief David Mills. "His absence during the holidays only heightens the family's concern about Eric's safety and whereabouts, as he would not be one to miss out on celebrating Christmas with them. That is why the family has worked so diligently to increase the reward and hopefully entice someone to come forward with a tip as to where he might be."

Anyone with information about Smith or his whereabouts is asked to call the Cedar Bluff Police Department at 276-963-3975 or the Virginia State Police at (276) 228-3131 or toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-542-8716. Anonymous calls are welcome.

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