A missing Lincoln County woman was found Monday (May 17) when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to investigate an altercation outside a business on N.C. Highway 10. The incident was reported to have occurred in the parking lot of the Kountry Korner convenience store where two men were involved in a shoving match with no injuries.
36-year-old Laura Kathryn Smith of Lincolnton was with one of the men involved in the altercation. She was identified by detectives but decided to remain with one of the individuals at the scene. Smith was reported missing on May 12, 2021 when she left a friend’s home and did not return.