Special update: IU students have organized a vigil to be held in memory of Joseph Smedley II and Yaolin Wang at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Dunn Meadow.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – OCT. 2, 2015 - The Indiana University Police Department-Bloomington -- with assistance from several other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies -- continue to conduct a thorough investigation in an attempt to locate IU student Joseph Smedley II, who was reported missing on Monday, Sept. 28.
Smedley, 20 and described as a being 5 foot, 9 inches tall, and weighing between 155 and 160 pounds, was last seen Sunday, Sept. 27, at approximately 11:30 p.m. in Bloomington. His last known contact was via text message to a family member at approximately 4 a.m. Sept. 28. Flyers with Smedley’s description and photo are being distributed around Bloomington.
Police have no reason to suspect foul play at this point, but searches of Smedley’s residence, car, and computer and phone records have yielded very few indications as to his possible whereabouts.
Cell phone records indicate that Smedley may have been in an area near Old State Highway 37 just north of Bloomington at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 28. IU Police and other law enforcement agencies, aided by scent-tracking dogs provided by the Putnamville Correctional Facility, continue to search this area, but to date have discovered no evidence that Smedley has been in that area.
Smedley is an Indianapolis native who is a sophomore studying biochemistry. He shares an off-campus residence with multiple roommates, all of whom have been interviewed by police and are cooperating fully.
It has been determined that, while being enrolled for the fall semester, Smedley has not been attending classes since the start of the fall semester. Just prior to his disappearance, Smedley told a family member that it was his intent to leave the country, but it has been determined that he does not possess a known passport and there is no evidence that he has booked travel out of the immediate area.
This investigation is a priority for IUPD-Bloomington, and the department appreciates the assistance of IUPD-IUPUI, Bloomington Police, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other local law enforcement agencies in the effort to locate Smedley.
If anyone has information as to the possible whereabouts of Joseph Smedley II, they are encouraged to contact IUPD immediately at 812-855-3499.