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A group called the Adventurer’s with Purpose helped solve a 16 year old missing person case this summer in Winston-Salem.

I actually just recently heard about this group, as they were the ones to discover Kiely Rodni, the young girl who went missing a few weeks ago in California. Her story started gaining a lot of traction online and on the news in the last month or so. After thousands of hours of official searching, Police began to fall back on searching efforts. That’s where Adventurer’s with Purpose come in! They were able to discover her vehicle and her remains in an area that had already been searched.

Adventurer’s with Purpose have a YouTube channel where they document all of their cases, and that is where I came across the video for Dedrick Smith, from Winston-Salem, NC.

Winston is the town I grew up in, so I was immediately interested in the case. Dedrick Smith went missing on October 3rd, 2006. He has not been seen in 16 years since that fateful night.

Adventurer’s with Purpose decided to take on the case, searching both Salem Lake, and Winston Lake. Not only were they able to find another abandoned vehicle from 2019, but after extensive searching, they found Dedrick’s 1993 Pontiac Grand Am.

This group was able to give Dedrick’s family and friends the answers they had been searching for for 16 years.

Per their own website, Adventurer’s with Purpose are a Search & Recovery Dive Team dedicated to helping families of missing loved ones. Since 2019, they have helped solve 24 missing person cold cases!

 

When I saw this video today, I knew I wanted to share. I know a lot of our Kiss listeners have interest in True Crime as much as I do. The work these people are doing really seems to be making a difference, which I think is awesome!