Missing: Elaina Marie Smith found dead, What happened to the 12 year-old Columbia girl?

Elaina Marie Smith, the 12-year-old granddaughter of the late Rev. John Smith, pastor of the West District Lampeter United Methodist Church, has died. Let’s see What happened to the 12 year-old Columbia girl Elaina Marie Smith in detail.


What happened to Elaina Marie Smith?

The 12-year-old granddaughter of the late Rev. John Smith, pastor of the West District Lampeter United Methodist Church, has passed away. Elaina Marie Smith, a resident of Columbia, Pennsylvania, was named as the victim. Elaina Marie Smith was reportedly discovered dead on Friday morning, February 10, 2023, in her basement. She was reported missing to the Columbia police by her family.

Police in Columbia said it was noon and that the 12-year-old granddaughter of the victim, Elaina Marie Smith, had been brutally murdered. The members of Rev. Smith’s church, his family, and themselves have all been affected negatively by this terrible tragedy. The incident is currently the subject of an investigation. The accused is currently detained.

Elaina’s Grandfather shared the devastating news on Facebook,

“Our family was devastated today by what my son Gavin referred to as a ‘rip tide.’ Close to midday, the Columbia police confirmed the brutal slaying of my 12 year old granddaughter, Elaina Marie Smith. Thankfully, the suspect is behind bars tonight.

I was there to welcome Elaina at birth, I baptized her, enjoyed immensely the year she lived with us in the Poconos, and you should see us when we played together. She was scheduled to spend this weekend with Grandma and Grandpa. A part of me died today. Over the next few days I will pay photo tributes to her on my FB page. I covet your prayers for our family, and especially my eldest son, Dwayne, Elaina’s dad.”

Bishop John Schol said,

“We ask all United Methodists and friends of the Eastern PA and Greater New Jersey conferences (EPA&GNJ) to please be in fervent prayer for the Smith family and Lampeter UMC,”

“Please, let us keep Pastor John and his wife Claudia, Elaina’s father Dwayne, her mother Tiffany, and their entire family in our hearts during this time of heartbreaking grief and in the difficult days to come.”


Funeral Services

Members and friends are welcome to visit Lampeter UMC this afternoon to pray in the sanctuary. Additionally, the church will assemble for a special prayer session this evening at 6:30 o’clock to pray for the family as a group. Although the Smith family won’t be there, members of the church will share their sorrow, offer up their prayers to God, and express their support for the family.

Funeral plans and an obituary for Elaina Marie Smith will be announced by the family.

Authorities are currently looking into Elaina Marie Smith’s death circumstances, which are yet unclear. The news has obviously crushed Elaina Marie Smith’s family and friends, and the community has been horrified by the tragic loss.

The news of Elaina Marie Smith’s passing has understandably devastated her family and friends, and condolences have poured in from all over the neighborhood. Many people have expressed their sympathies and offered support to Marsden’s loved ones on social media during this difficult period.

We send our sympathies to Elaina Marie Smith’s family and friends during this difficult time.


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