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Family of missing Va. hunter offers $5,000 reward

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 11:50am  ET

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The family of a missing Cedar Bluff hunter is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his location or recovery.

Family members reported 42-year-old Eric G. Smith missing on Nov. 8 after he didn't return from hunting on his property.

Cedar Bluff Police Chief David Mills said Tuesday in a news release that Smith's disappearance is out of character, based on interviews investigators conducted with family, friends and co-workers.

Virginia State Police say in the release that police, volunteers, family members and Consolidation Coal Co.'s mine rescue team have searched more than 800 acres on the ground and by air. Smith is a longtime employee of the coal company.

The investigation is continuing.

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