Saturday, September 3, 2022

The Disappearance of Amber Smith

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Amber Marie Smith has been missing since August 2014. The then-29-year-old was last seen in Detroit, Michigan, at the home she shared with her husband, Dennis Gentz. On August 13th, 2014, Amber told Dennis that she planned to go to her mother's house in Warren the following day. When Dennis left their home around 8:30 the next morning, Amber was still home - and he asked her not to go anywhere until he returned. However, when Dennis returned by 10:30 AM, Amber was gone. 

Amber never made it to her mother's house, nor did she ever return to her own home. She left her keys and purse behind - which was immediately concerning. Amber's loved ones quickly began to fear that she was in a dangerous situation. Amber struggled with drug addiction at the time of her disappearance. She also had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - but she had stopped taking her medication about three weeks before she vanished. 

A few weeks after Amber was reported missing, Dennis told local reporters that he believes a "neighborhood drug lord" is responsible for her disappearance. He later stated that he saw Amber on September 10th, 2014 on Barrett Street. Dennis said that he tried to cross the street to talk to her, but before he could, an unidentified gray car pulled up and drove Amber away. There have been other reported sightings of Amber in the Detroit area, but none have been confirmed. 

A website called Justice for Native Women posted about Amber's case in 2016. Over a year later, an unconfirmed source commented on the post and said that Amber was "alive, but not doing well." It's been years since that comment was posted, and it appears no other updates have occurred since then. 

Amber remains missing today. If you have any information about her disappearance and/or whereabouts, please contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5542.
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Sources:
CBS News
Charley Project
Justice for Native Women
NamUS
Uncovered

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