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A Utah Mother Left on a Bus for Her New Job at a Nevada Casino. She Never Made It and Hasn't Been Seen Since.

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Source: Salt Lake City police; Unsplas

Apr. 25 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A mom left to start the new year at her new job. But she never made it. The year was 1986 and Vickie Smock has been missing ever since.

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Smock was last seen in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to Salt Lake City police. She was dropped off at a Greyhound bus station with an unknown man, police said. She planned to go to Wendover, Nevada, to start work as a cocktail waitress at The Red Garter Hotel & Casino.

She hasn’t been seen since, police said. Her family noted that it was unusual for her to leave and not be in contact with others.

Even though it’s been nearly 40 years, police ask anyone with information on Smock’s location to contact the authorities.

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She was 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighed about 130 pounds. Smock had brown hair and hazel eyes.

Missing Persons

In 2021, her family sat down with ABC4 Utah to discuss the case. They said Smock was estranged from her husband and their two daughters lived with her dad. Still, she made it a point to visit the kids.

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“She wouldn’t miss birthdays or holidays or anything,” her daughter Cetiva Slaughter told the station. “It was about two years of that is when we were living with our dad and then one day, she just disappeared. She was no longer was coming around.”

Family members said when they dropped her off at the bus station, they saw her with the man, but nobody knew who he was. Smock left with him and hasn’t been seen since.

“I think she got involved with the wrong man, maybe possibly with this man she was with,” Slaughter told ABC4 Utah. “I don’t know. I think she was murdered. I think her body may have been disposed of between here and Wendover.”


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