Angela Pitz Smith
Angela, approximately 1989
Date reported missing : 11/13/1989
Missing location (approx) :
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/13/1965 (55)
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black and white shirt, Girbaud jeans, black Reebok sneakers, an oval-shaped diamond ring and a Gucci watch with a black face.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Black hair, green eyes. Angela's nickname is Angie. She has scars on her lip, eyebrow, abdomen, and both thighs.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Angela was last seen on November 13, 1989 in her home on Shady Lake Parkway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her husband, George "Joey" Smith, reported her missing three days later and told police she left home in her 1981 Mercedes on the morning of November 14, after an argument with him the night before. He claimed she took two black and gray canvas suitcases and her 1981 Mercedes.
A week after Angela disappeared, George had all the carpeting in their home professionally cleaned. The carpet was less than four months old and the cleaner found only one stain, which was near the foot of the bed in the master bedroom. It was about six inches in diameter. George told the carpet cleaner that it was a coffee stain, but the cleaner said it came out more easily than coffee stains usually do.
On November 17, George found Angela's car in the long-term parking lot of the airport in New Orleans, Louisiana. There was a parking stub inside showing that the car had been parked there since November 13. Angela has never been heard from again.
Members of Angela's family suspected George in her disappearance from the beginning, claiming he had previously threatened to kill her and hide the body where no one would ever find it. They stated that Angela had told them that if anything happened to her, her husband was probably responsible.
Angela was George's third wife. In 1985, George's second wife, Sheila L. Smith, was found murdered in her home in St. Landry Parrish, Louisiana. In 1995, George was later convicted of her murder-for-hire. The actual killer was Albert Lavalais, a teenAge at the time of disappearance: r who had worked as a farmhand for George.
In 1987 in Lafayette, Louisiana, a woman who had been living with George was found shot to death in her apartment. Her death appeared to be a suicide, but police found it suspicious. No charges were ever filed in the woman's case.
Angela was declared dead in 1993, and police seized the $500,000 life insurance police George had out on her. George died in prison in 2000; he was never charged in connection with Angela's disappearance, which remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
WAFB Channel 9
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe.
By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends.
Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
6 October 12, 2004. February 9, 2019; Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
Interactive Missing Person Search Map