Photo of Reachelle Marie Smith, then 3
NCMEC Case Number: NCMC1044761 Age-progressed photo showing what Reachelle might look like at 9 years of age
Missing Since: 05/17/06
Missing from Minot, North Dakota
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 09/10/02
Age at disappearance: 3
Weight: 40 lbs.
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Brown
MINOT, ND – Reachelle Smith, nicknamed ‘peanut’ by her loved ones, has been missing for six years. In 2006, she was living with her aunt, who was her guardian, and a roommate Leigh Cowen, in Minot, North Dakota.
Reachelle went to bed at approximately 10:30p.m on the night of May 17, 2006. The following Morning her aunt went to wake her up. She was gone. Cowen stated that Reachelle would be spending a few days with his mother. At first, the aunt thought nothing of it because of the close bond between her niece and Cowen’s grandmother.
Several days later, on May 22nd, 2006, Cowen Reachelle’s aunt’s van and when she found out, she phoned the police to file 3 missing person reports. One for Reachelle, Cowen and the van. Cowen was located dead in the van in an apparent suicide, at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Minot. Reachelle was not inside the van. Extensive interviews and searches for Reachelle yielded no clues. The deceased roommate is considered a prime suspect in her disappearance but without a confession or a body, some fear this case will never be solved. She would be turning ten this past September and would be in the fourth grade. A newly made 10th birthday tribute was created for the missing girl.
Family members are holding out hope that one day she will be found alive.
A Myspace page set-up titled: – Bring Reachelle Home is believed to have been created by close family members. The page has poems, photos and a plea asking the public for help. Under the ‘about me’ section, it says:
Reachelle was nicknamed “Peanut” when she was born because she was so small. At times, if you asked her name she would say “I’m Peanut”. It took her family a long time to get her to realize that Peanut was just a nick name. She always knew her family loved her. When it came down to it, it was the family’s love that opened a window for someone to come in. Leigh was considered one of the family. Completely trusted and loved. He used the trust of the family to take Reachelle from a home that had so much love for her. The last time the family saw Peanut, she was 3. No words can describe how the family still aches for their Peanut to be brought home. Peanut’s family asks that if there is anyone who might think they saw her, know they saw her or anything, to please, come forward. Send a message to this site or contact the Minot Police Department at (701)852-0111. Any and all help is greatly appreciated to help bring Peanut home. –From the Family — “We miss you and think about you every day Peanut. No matter of time is going to diminish the love we have for you. We will not stop looking for you until you are home.”
Remember her face. Remember her name. Add one of the “Bring Reachelle Home” banners or a link to this page to your profile, website, forum signature, e-mail signature, anything. Send her photo and story around via e-mail. Please help spread her story, name, and photo across the world.
Thank you so much for your time, help, and kind words. We greatly appreciate it.
Reachelle’s case was featured on America’s Most Wanted
Click here to view Reachelle Smith’s FBI missing persons poster.
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: Minot Police Department – (701) 852-0111