North American Missing Persons Network
Tera Lynn Smith

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Above Images: Left and Center: Smith, circa 1998
Far Right: Age-progression to 23 (circa 2005)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 22, 1998 from Redding, Shasta County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 6, 1982
  • Age: 16
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 120-135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears. Scar on left calf.
  • Clothing: Sports top, shorts and multi-colored tennis shoes.
  • AKA: "Terra"
  • Case Number: 9825673

  • Details of Disappearance
    Smith was last seen leaving her family's residence in Redding, California to go for a jog between 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on August 22, 1998. The last person believe to see Smith was her former martial arts instructor and boyfriend, Troy Zink.

    Zink told authorities that Smith called him during the evening of August 22 and asked him to meet her near her home at 6:30 PM. Zink claimed that Smith requested $2000 from him during the meeting. He said he refused to give her the money and she became angry. Zink said that Smith asked him to drop her off at the intersection of Old Alturas Road and Old Oregon Trail in Redding. He stated that he drove to Hang Glider Hill by himself to pray afterwards and returned to his house at approximately 11:30 PM.

    Smith's family said that they discovered she was planning to end her sexual relationship with Zink from several journal entries Smith wrote prior to her disappearance. They believe that Smith contacted Zink and tried to end the affair on the day she was last seen, as opposed to Zink's version of events. Zink has refused to cooperate further with authorities regarding Smith's case. He has since been imprisoned for an unrelated charge.

    Above Image: Troy Zink, circa 1998

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Shasta County Sheriff's Office
    (530) 245-6025

    Source Information
    National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    California Department of Justice