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Bradley County family searching for missing brother

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - A Bradley County family is searching for a missing family member, Bryan Smith.

Channel 3 spoke with Smith's brother Wednesday, James Smith.

Bryan was last seen by his brother, James, Friday night near White Oak Valley Road. His brother waited until Sunday to contact police, hoping his brother would come home.

Bryan was recently released from Moccasin Bend mental health facility and was staying with his brother. James said his brother was at the facility for more than a week, being treated mainly for depression.

James said his last conversation with his brother Bryan Friday night was disturbing. Bryan sounded depressed and was upset he couldn't get a job. 

"He just was depressed and said he's been a mishap all his life," James said.

A neighbor across the street told police they saw a man Saturday morning on their property. 

They own 100 acres of property, and when beckoned for the person to come over, he went into the woods. 

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office is still actively looking for a missing man they say may be in a fragile state of mind.

They heavily searched the area surrounding his home on White Oak Valley Road Tuesday, bringing in a SWAT team and a tracking K9.
   
Capt. Steve Lawson of the Criminal Investigations Division says that response isn't typical during a missing person case, especially just 24 hours after being reported, but the grid search doubled as a training exercise.

"I think we went beyond what we needed to do as far as the grid search," Capt. Lawson said,  "It was something extra that I added in simply because we were going to train, and why not use them in a realistic situation."
   
The search did not turn up any clues.
   
Capt. Lawson doesn't believe Bryan Smith, 43, is dangerous to anyone but himself.

"I think to himself. I don't see any indication of a concern to others," Capt. Lawson said.

James says the past few days without his brother have been hard, thinking he could be in danger.

"I'm worried that they'll find him dead somewhere," James Smith said.

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