Popular Triangle music promoter and DJ reported missing returns home

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comOctober 17, 2012 

— A popular Triangle music promoter and former radio disc jockey returned home this morning after being reported missing since he walked away from his home Sunday morning.

Rachid Smith is a married father of two young daughters, ages 10 and 12.

Celina Smith on Monday filed a missing persons report on behalf of her husband, Rachid Smith, who is also known in local entertainment circles as DJ Kool Sheed.

Smith, 39, also worked with the hip hop, rhythm and blues station K97.5 WQOK. FM. He was a spin doctor for the station’s Friday commuter show that began at 5 p.m. and hosted a short-lived talk show for the station. A missing persons alert, along with Rachid Smith’s photo has been posted on the station’s website.

Rachid Smith regularly spins music Thursday at a nightclub on Capital Boulevard, according to his wife.

Celina Smith said she last saw her husband Sunday at about 10:30 a.m. It was his birthday.

“He got up and was getting dressed and said he needed to take a walk,” Celina Smith said on Tuesday night. “I asked him if he was okay and he said, ‘No, not really.’”

Celina Smith said her husband was upset after promoting a couple of parties over the weekend in downtown Raleigh.

“Things didn’t go like he wanted,” his wife said. “From what I was told, he paid for a certain type of liquor and didn’t get it. He had VIP tables, but the guests at those tables didn’t get the entire package.”

Celina Smith said her husband is normally stressed out during this time of the year because it’s homecoming season for area college and he plays music for a lot of parties.

“He is playing for a party this Friday,” she said.

Celina Smith said she thought her husband was out with friends when he didn’t come home Monday morning, but later that day she found his cell phone, wallet and identification at their home on 2037 Coley Creek Court. She filed a missing persons report at 6:30 p.m.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home with two K-9 units and searched the nearby corn and cotton fields in the rural area near N.C. 42 and Walter Myatt Road.

“We banged the bushes,” chief sheriff’s deputy Richard Johnson said Monday night. “We got nothing at this point.”

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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