Missing Child Update: 9-year-old, mom located, safe

Published 11:42 am Thursday, August 18, 2022

UPDATE: Josh Braiden Smith and his mother, Kristi Smith have been located and are safe.


The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered / Missing Child Alert for 9-year-old Josh Braiden Smith of Bay Springs, Jasper County, Mississippi.

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Josh Braiden Smith is described as a white male, 4-foot-3 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

He was last seen Thursday, Aug. 4, at about 2 p.m. in the 900 block of County Road 17 in Jasper County.

Smith is or may be accompanied by his mother, 38-year-old Kristina Smith. Kristina Smith is described as a white female, 5-feet-1 inch tall, weighing 174 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

They are believed to be in a 2005 gray Nissan Armada bearing MS license plate JAB6759, traveling in an unknown direction.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Josh Braiden Smith, Kristina Smith, or the vehicle, contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at 601-764-2588.