I don’t have a lot of info on this case, but it pulled at my heart, so I always say when a case does that then I’m meant to write about it. There is not a lot of info on this case, which surprised me considering it involved a child.On Saturday, December 13, 2003, six-year-old Chance Douglas Smith was visiting his grandparents in Locust, North Carolina, a small town about 26 miles east of Charlotte. A neighbor saw Chance follow a dog (one report said it was Chance’s dog) into nearby woods that afternoon. His family reported him missing to police at 3:49 p.m. when the young boy did not return home.
Law enforcement officials and more than 100 volunteers began searching for Chance. At 11:30 p.m., searchers found Chance lying face down in a pasture near the residence of where he was last seen. Police said he didn’t have a pulse and had suffered a blow to the head. He was taken to Stanly Memorial Hospital where doctors worked for hours to save his young life. Sadly, he died in the early morning hours of December 14, 2003.