Body of missing teen found by searchers

Michael Smith, right, with his mother.

The body of a missing teen has been found near Madison, not far from where he had last been seen on August 21. The discovery was made Thursday afternoon around 1 p.m. off I-565 in Limestone County.

Teams have been looking for Michael Smith, 19, for several days. Smith lived in Trussville, and had been missing since Sunday, August 21. His family members and friends had come up to north Alabama to help with the search. Several agencies were involved in the search, including Huntsville Police, Madison Police, Trussville Police and HEMSI.

Search dogs joined the hunt Sunday and were able to catch a trail, but were forced to delay their search due to weather and darkness. Teams met Thursday morning at the Madison fire station and then went out to look for Smith.

Police have not said how the person died. They are not releasing any specifics, but say the case is being turned over to the Huntsville Police Department’s Major Crimes Division.

Smith was in the Madison area to visit his father. His father says he and his son got in an argument over him using the car, and Michael walked off.

Smith was last seen on Interstate 565, near the Target distribution center in Limestone County. He was walking west, with the intent of walking back to Trussville.

Smith’s parents had tried to reach him repeatedly since he went missing, but his cell phone went straight to voicemail.