TRAGEDY

Search for Blair Smith ends in worst way pos­si­ble

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THE search for a former NBL player and Glad­stone Port City Power men’s coach has ended trag­i­cally.

The Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice con­firmed last night Blair Smith’s body had been found.

They said there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death.

No more de­tails were avail­able at the time of print.

Mr Smith, 45, was last seen on Tues­day this week, just be­fore lunchtime in the Boyne Val­ley. His wife Re­becca Smith told

The Ob­server she had been away in Bris­bane when her hus­band dis­ap­peared.

“We don’t know where he’s gone or which di­rec­tion he’s gone, we don’t know any­thing,” she said on Wed­nes­day night.

“We want him to know... Blair, you are so loved and we miss you.”

Mr Smith had a young fam­ily and lived in the Boyne Val­ley.

The Ob­server un­der­stands po­lice were search­ing for Mr Smith in the Boyne Val­ley area yes­ter­day.

The State Emer­gency Ser­vice was not ac­ti­vated.

The former coach and NBL player worked as a school teacher at St Therese’s Catholic Pri­mary School in Monto.

The school he taught at had fin­ished for the year.

He coached his last game for the men’s Port City Power team in Au­gust.

Mr Smith chose to leave the po­si­tion him­self.

Mr Smith played in 283 Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League games for teams in­clud­ing the Bris­bane Bul­lets, Melbourne Tigers, West Syd­ney Ra­zor­backs and the Townsville Croc­o­diles.

If you need help phone Life­line on 13 11 44.

PHOTO: PAUL BRAVEN

RIP: Former NBL player and Port City Power coach Blair Smith.

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