Mission Statement: The LAURA RECOVERY CENTER exists to prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, community and a missing child's family.

In loving memory of Laura Kate Smither
1. Don't Wait
2. Call 911
3. Create a Missing Child Flyer
4. See the LRC Search Manual

Laura Kate Smither

Laura Kate Smither
April 3, 2015, marks the 18th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Laura Kate Smither. No one has been charged in her murder. Laura's brother, David, has prepared a nine day prayer series (a Novena) to seek the softening of Laura's killer's heart and that God's justice be accomplished for her. Please join us in this nine day prayer for justice for Laura. You can begin at any time - all prayers are available on this page. Please read the Introduction, then follow the prayer suggestions over a nine day period.

Pray Until Something Happens

Pray Until Something Happens

Annually the Smither family invites the public to join them on a mass novena prayer for Laura. This is usually only once a year, at the time of Laura's April 3rd abduction and murder anniversary date. If you would like to be on the E-mail list for these prayers with the Smither family, just send an e-mail addressed as:

To: J4L-R@smither.net

with a subject line as follows:

Subject: subscribe

If you subscribe to the mail list you will receive a daily message for the nine days of the Novena, starting with the Introduction. This is generally 9 days prior to the anniversary date of April 3 or beginning with the anniversary date. The Smither family is VERY grateful for your prayers at ANY time, and take this opportunity to thank you for remembering Laura in this way.

If you would like to pray the novena at any time, it is available below in PDF form for download.

Here is our original Invitational E-Mail from 2009.

Laura's priest, who helped us so much in 1997, forwarded our invitational e-mail with a heart felt cover letter.

Laura and David 1996Laura and David 1996




The novena prayer prepared by Laura's brother, David, is available below.

Laura Smither Scholarship

In loving memory of Laura Kate Smither - 1984-1997

The Laura Smither Scholarship is a merit based scholarship in the amount of $3,000.

Deadline: March 31st annually.
Eligibility: City of Friendswood residents.

An Application for the Laura Smither Scholarship can be downloaded below from this page.

PLEASE MAIL OR DELIVER APPLICATIONS TO:

Laura Smither Scholarship Committee
Laura Recovery Center
2600 Ware Dairy Road
Friendswood, Texas 77546

The scholarship committee will announce each year's scholarship recipient through the local papers.

Previous Laura Smither Scholarship winners are:

  • 2014 Caroline Landon (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2013 Ryan Bynum (Auburn University, AL)
  • 2012 Ellen Zhou (Princeton University, NJ)
  • 2011 Cody Westphal (Texas Christian University)
  • 2010 Elizabeth Conger (North Western University)
  • 2009 Lena Silva (Rice University, Texas)
  • 2008 Erin Ellis (University of Notre Dame)
  • 2007 Veronica Arnold (Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas)
  • 2006 Trudy Taylor (Pepperdine University, CA
  • 2005 Jennifer Robicheaux (Trinity University, Texas)
  • 2004 Michael Giordano (University of Houston, Texas)
  • 2003 Olivia Bartlett (Rice University, Texas)
  • 2002 Rachel Kyle (Rice University, Texas)
  • 2001 Tiffany Eppelheimer (Georgetown University, DC)
  • 2000 Jared Bourgeois (Brigham Young University, UT)
  • 1999 Laura Byrne (Wheaton College, IL)
  • 1998 Kathryn Klima (Duke University, NC)

The Laura Recovery Center proudly announces that Friendswood High School graduate Caroline (Carey) Landon is the 17th recipient of the Laura Smither Scholarship. This annual $3,000 scholarship honors the memory of Laura Kate Smither, who was abducted and murdered in Friendswood, April 3, 1997. Laura's parents, Bob and Gay Smither, are so proud of all past scholarship recipients and the many accomplishments they have made in their lives. The Smithers have no doubt that Caroline will represent the scholarship and the memory of Laura well.

Caroline is a Friendswood High School Senior, graduating 5th in her class this year. She has excelled in many areas during her high school years and is a member of the National Honor Society since 2012 and a National Merit Finalist this year. She has many science accolades, a stellar academic record and has also given a great deal back to our community through volunteerism.. She has served on the FHS student council, including as President since 2013. Her work experience includes research for the University of Houston and organizing and mentoring girls at the engineering GRADE Camp.

Caroline LandonCaroline Landon

Caroline has been accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She will also be taking classes in the Wharton School of Business. This interdisciplinary approach to her education is exactly what Caroline was looking for – as she has a vision of solving one of the vexing problems of green energy, that of energy storage, by incorporating Landon Energy Storage, her own business. Caroline has been a successful competitor in area Science Fairs throughout her high school career, with several projects based on her interest in energy storage.

Caroline has contributed directly to her community while maintaining an excellent academic record. As an example of her community volunteerism she conceived of and created the Book Buddies program – a program with 25 volunteers from area schools which collects and records children's literature for distribution though Head Start, Woman's Shelters, and the County Library.

The Laura Recovery Center and the Laura Smither Scholarship Committee wish Caroline Landon every success in her college years and beyond. God Speed Caroline!

If you have a missing child: Don't wait – Call 911 NOW and do everything you can to cooperate with law enforcement!

You can create a missing child flyer by clicking the CREATE FLYER link above.

If you believe that a ground search is needed for your child, please call KlaasKids Search Center at 1-850-525-4807.

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