Friday, April 30, 2021

Fundraiser Friday: April 30, 2021

 This week's Fundraiser Friday features two cases of teen girls who went missing and were later found murdered. Both murders remain unsolved, and their respective family members are raising money to help find answers in their cases. Please share their stories and consider donating. 

Anastasia Hill

Anastasia Hill was only 14 years-old when she vanished in Ellenwood, Georgia on March 6th, 2010. The teen girl lived with at her grandmother's home with her siblings at the time of her disappearance. Before vanishing, Anastasia spent the day with her family. When her grandmother went to wake her up with following morning, Anastasia was gone. It appeared that she had left out of her bedroom window.

Months later, on November 19th, 2010, human remains were found in a wooded area off of Georgia Highway 138 in Stockbridge. It took over a year, but in January 2012, dental records confirmed that the remains belonged to Anastasia Hill. She had been murdered. An autopsy confirmed that Anastasia died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Years have passed, and no arrests have been made in Anastasia's case. According to Anastasia's family members, detectives have questioned "certain individuals of interest about her case, but there hasn't been enough information for a conviction." Her family is now hoping to raise reward money to provide incentive for those with information about Anastasia's case to come forward. [fundraiser link] [more info on this case]

Summer Smith

Summer Smith was only 18 years-old when she was found murdered in Lake Stevens, Washington during January 2015. Before her untimely death, Summer was struggling with drug addiction and was living a somewhat transient lifestyle. She last spoke to her family members on November 19th, 2014. Summer's mother attempted to contact to her via text message a few weeks later, and reportedly received replies to the texts that seemed completely out-of-character for Summer. 

Just a few weeks later, Summer's remains were found by a man hired to clean property located south of the lake in Lake Stevens. While clearing the brush, the man stumbled upon a human skull. The Snohomish police were called, and they began searching the surrounding area. After scouring through over 30 acres, investigators found a trash bag with clothing items and paperwork that belonged to Summer. The bag also contained blood-stained bedding, a knife with a broken blade, and screwdrivers. The human skull was positively identified as that of Summer Smith shortly after its discovery. Summer's death was classified as a homicide.

No suspects or persons of interest have been identified in Summer's case. Her loved ones are hoping to hire a private investigator to help find answers about her death. [fundraiser link] [more info on this case]

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