Jennifer Phillips reporting
CLINTON, S.C.It's still hard for Rebia Kinard to look through her daughter's things. Her daughter, Samantha Smith, disappeared four years ago.
"I feel a little piece of me dying for the fact I can't touch her, or hear her voice," Kinard said.
Kinard remembers the last time she saw her.
"When I hugged her, she shivered and shook so bad," Kinard said.
Detectives with the Clinton Public Safety Department said that on Nov. 5, 2006, Samantha and her boyfriend had an argument at a home they shared in Clinton. Her boyfriend told police she walked away and investigators say no one has seen her since.
Recently, Kinard said she found a bizarre letter stashed in Samantha's book bag and received what could be new information, which she turned over to police.
"She was trying to tell somebody something," Kinard said. "Honestly, after finding what I've found, I think she's dead. I think somebody's done something to her."
Caroline Scott, a family friend, said she received information about the case, too.
"I'm hoping this is going to turn around and somebody is going to come forth," Scott said.
Although they won't discuss in detail what the new information is, they said someone knows something.
"They're living with it every day and they've got to sleep every night," Scott said.
Samantha was studying to be an art teacher and looking at her work helps Kinard get through the day as she waits for answers.
"I need peace," Kinard said. "I need some closure, give me some kind of hope. I miss her. I miss her very much."
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Laurens County Crime Stoppers at 68-CRIME.
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