(4:15 p.m.) Roanoke Co., VA - State Police say Brittany Mae Smith was at the Salem Walmart with Jeff Easley last Friday night between 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
They say Easley used Tina Smith's credit card at the store and purchased several items.
There are felony warrants out now for Jeff Easley for attempted credit card fraud and credit card larceny.
Investigators are not saying whether that trip to Walmart came before or after Tina Smith's death. Tina, of course, is Brittany's mom.
ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (December 7, 2010) – Roanoke County, state and federal law enforcement are currently pursuing more than 200 tips generated in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of a 12-year-old Roanoke County girl, Brittany Mae Smith, and a 32-year-old Roanoke County man, Jeffrey Scott Easley. Roanoke County Police have notified law enforcement nationwide on this case with a "Be On the Lookout" bulletin featuring the descriptions of Brittany, Easley and the silver 2005 Dodge Neon.
During a press conference this afternoon at the Roanoke County Public Safety Center, Jeff Easley's mother, Mrs. Sallie Martin of Franklin County, Va., made a tearful plea for her son to release Brittany and turn himself in. She asked him to come home and said that she is worried for his well-being. (Video of her statement available at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RoanokeCounty)
In addition, Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder announced a new development in the case in which investigators have obtained surveillance video of Brittany Smith and Jeff Easley at the Wal-Mart on West Main Street in the City of Salem. The video captured them purchasing various items at the store on Friday evening (Dec. 3, 2010) between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Chief Lavinder asked anyone who may have seen them at the store to call Roanoke County Police at (540) 777-8641 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the surveillance video, Jeff Easley has a goatee and is wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. He has a tattoo on his right forearm. He also has a star tattoo on each of his calves.
Brittany Smith is seen wearing a short-sleeve orange top and jeans. Her hair is down on her shoulders and she is wearing several bracelets. One of the bracelets is a bright green rubber bracelet with yellow cursive writing. The bracelet is in memory of her brother who passed away last summer.
To purchase the items at the Wal-Mart in Salem, Easley used a credit card belonging to Brittany's mother, Tina Smith. As a result, Salem Police have obtained two felony warrants for Easley for attempted credit card fraud and credit card larceny.
Roanoke County Police have been searching for Brittany Smith and Jeff Easley since Monday morning (Dec. 6) when Brittany's mother, Tina Smith, was found murdered at their Roanoke County residence. Tina Smith's vehicle, a 2005 Silver Dodge Neon with Virginia tags XKF-2365, was also discovered missing. Easley's red SUV was located Monday afternoon (Dec. 6) in the City of Roanoke.
Easley had been living with Brittany and her mother since October. Easley and Tina Smith had met online this summer and developed a friendship.
Brittany Smith is a seventh grader at Glenvar Middle School in Roanoke County. The school has organized a candlelight vigil for 7:00 p.m. tonight at Highlander Stadium located behind Glenvar High School.
Easley is described as a white male with brown hair, hazel eyes and tattoos on his forearm and calves. He is five feet 11 inches tall and weighs 265 pounds. Easley was last seen in the area Friday evening and works for a local landscaping company. He does have family in eastern North Carolina and northeastern Alabama.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Roanoke County Police via email at email@example.com or phone at (540) 777-8641. Updates are also available via the Roanoke County Website at www.roanokecountyva.gov and on the Roanoke County Facebook page.
Approximately 50 representatives from Roanoke County Police, City of Roanoke Police, City of Salem Police, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, FBI and Virginia State Police are deployed to work this case.
(12:20 p.m.) Roanoke, Co. VA - The Roanoke County Sheriff's Office has released more information on the amber alert out for 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith.
At a noon press conference, authorities say the suspect, 32-year-old Jeffrey Easley, moved in with Smith and her mother in October.
He started an internet relationship with Brittany's mother Tina Smith over the summer.
Easley has family ties in eastern North Carolina and Alabama.
The amber alert will be extended for an additional 24 hours.
Neither Easley nor Smith have been seen since Friday.
Police have established an e-mail address for tips on the girl's whereabouts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know anything about this case.
ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (December 7, 2010) – Local, state and federal law enforcement are continuing their search for missing 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith and 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Easley of Roanoke County. To provide the public more access to provide information in this case, Roanoke County Police have established a direct email link for tips: email@example.com. Police are also still receiving tips via phone at (540) 777-8641.
The search for the 12-year-old girl began Monday morning (Dec. 6) after Roanoke County Police were called to a home at 3341 Fort Lewis Circle around 9:30 a.m. When Roanoke County police entered the home they found the body of a deceased female inside. The woman has been identified as 41-year-old Tina Smith. Co-workers contacted police after Tina Smith failed to show up for work on Sunday and again Monday. Smith was employed at Richfield Retirement Community for approximately four years.
While at the scene, police obtained information indicating that a female child who lived at the home was missing. The missing child is Tina Smith's 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, a seventh grade student at Glenvar Middle school in Roanoke County. Police say Tina and Brittany Smith were last seen in the area Friday morning. Tina Smith's vehicle, a 2005 Silver Dodge Neon with Virginia tags XKF-2365, is also still missing.
"I want to thank the many people in Roanoke County and the region who have contacted us with tips and information concerning this ongoing investigation," said Chief Ray Lavinder, Roanoke County Police. "We are still actively searching for 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith and 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Easley. The public's information is very valuable and we ask that the public keep calling Roanoke County Police at 540-777-8641 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Easley was a friend of the family. Tina Smith and Easley apparently met online this summer and developed a friendship. Jeff moved in with Tina and Brittany Smith in October of 2010.
"We are extremely concerned for Brittany's safety and have asked Virginia State Police to extend the AMBER Alert for another 24 hours," said Chief Lavinder.
Easley is described as a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes and he may have a goatee. He's five feet 11 inches tall and weighs 265 pounds. Easley was last seen in the area Friday evening and works for a local landscaping company. He does have family in eastern North Carolina and Alabama.
The investigation into Tina Smith's death also remains ongoing. The Office of the Medical Examiner began conducting an autopsy and examination this morning.
The Roanoke County Police, City of Salem Police, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service,
FBI and Virginia State Police are involved in the ongoing investigation.
(11:30 a.m. Tuesday) Roanoke, VA - A press conference about this case of a missing 12-year-old is scheduled for noon.
Police say they will give the latest details on the search for Brittany Mae Smith. A press release from Roanoke County authorities says, "There have been developments."
Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder and Lt. Chuck Mason will speak. Representatives from the FBI, State Police, and possibly the City of Salem will also be in attendance.
We will bring you the latest details as soon as we can.
Reporter: David Tate
(6:00 p.m. Monday) Roanoke Co., VA - Virginia State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a Roanoke County girl who was reported missing soon after authorities found her mother dead in her home, the victim of an apparent homicide.
Twelve-year-old Brittany Mae Smith has been missing since Friday, and police say she may be in extreme danger.
Her mother, 41-year old Tina Smith, was found dead in her home in the Glenvar area of Roanoke County Monday morning.
An all-points bulletin is out for Jeffrey Scott Easley, a man police describe as a "friend" of the family. Police also say that there is evidence Easley spent a lot of time at the home, suggesting a possible relationship beyond just friends.
Police showed up to the house on Fort Lewis Circle about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning and found Tina Smith dead. It took police little time to realize that there was much more going on than a homicide.
"We found out pretty quickly that she had a 12-year old daughter who was not at the scene... had not shown up for school. Nobody seemed to know where she was. We're concerned that her disappearance is going to be, at least a good possibility, it has something to do with the homicide," Lt. Chuck Mason with the Roanoke County Police said.
Police say it has been several days since anyone has seen or heard from Brittany, who was seen at the Fort Lewis Circle home.
Brittany has straight brown hair and is a seventh-grader at Glenvar Middle School.
Police were originally looking for Easley's SUV, but that has been recovered.
The focus is now on Tina Smith's missing car. That vehicle is described as a 2005 Silver Dodge Neon with Virginia plates XKF-2365.
(4:12 p.m. Monday) Roanoke Co., VA - Roanoke County authorities say they have found the 2000 Chevy Blazer, but still no sign of 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith or her suspected abductor Jeffrey Scott Easley.
Police now say they may be traveling in a silver, 2005 Dodge Neon (four-door) with Virginia tag XKF-2365. That vehicle belonged to Tina Smith, Brittany's mother. Authorities found Tina dead at a home on Fort Lewis Circle in Salem Monday morning.
State Police issued an Amber Alert for Brittany on Monday afternoon.
Easley is 5' 11," 265 pounds. Call the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-562-3265 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD) immediately if you see him.
(1:53 p.m. Monday) Roanoke Co., VA - Roanoke County Police say they have found the body of the missing girl's mother.
Around 9:30 Monday morning, they went to the home where 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith was last seen and found the body of her mother, 41-year-old Tina Smith.
Smith's concerned co-workers had notified police.
There is no word on how and when she died, but police are calling it a homicide.
State Police say the 12-year-old is believed to be in "extreme danger." They say she is with Jeffrey Scott Easley, a friend of Tina Smith.
Stay with ABC 13 for updates as they become available.
ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (December 6, 2010) – Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert this afternoon for a missing white female child. The child is 12-year old Brittany Mae Smith. She is five feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has straight brown hair and brown eyes.
The Amber Alert was issued after Roanoke County Police were called to a home at 3341 Fort Lewis Circle in the western part of the County around 9:30 a.m. After police arrived they found the body of a deceased female inside the home. The woman has been identified as 41-year old Tina Smith. Her death is being investigated as a possible homicide. It was the woman's concerned coworkers who contacted police this morning.
While at the scene, police obtained information indicating that a female child was missing from the home. The missing child is Tina Smith's daughter. Police say, at this time, it appears 12-year old Brittany Smith was last seen several days ago.
The State Police Amber Alert website lists the child's abductor as Jeffrey Scott Easley. Police say Easley was a friend of Tina Smith. Easley is described as a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He's 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 265 pounds.
He may be traveling in a 2000 Red Chevrolet SUV with Virginia tag XPR-4366. Police say Tina Smith's vehicle is also missing. Her vehicle is a Silver 2005 Dodge four door sedan with Virginia tag XKF-2365.
If you have any information, please contact 9-1-1. You may also call Roanoke County Police at 540-777-8641 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.
(1:18 p.m. Monday) Roanoke Co., VA - Roanoke County police are searching for a 12-year-old who they believe is in danger.
Brittany Mae Smith was last seen in at 3341 Fort Lewis Circle in Salem on December 2.
She is thought to be with 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Easley and could be in a red, 2000 SUV Chevrolet with Virginia tag XPR-4366.
State Police say Smith's mother's vehicle is missing, so she could also be in there. That is a Silver 2005 Dodge sedan with Virginia tag XKF-2365.
Call the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-562-3265 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD) immediately if you know anything.
THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAVE ISSUED AN AMBER ALERT FOR A CHILD ABDUCTION ON BEHALF OF THE ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT ON 12/06/2010 THE ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT IS LOOKING FOR BRITTANY MAE SMITH, WHITE, FEMALE, AGE 12 YEARS OLD, HEIGHT 5 FEET 00 INCHES, WEIGHT 100 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND STRAIGHT BROWN HAIR.
THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN EXTREME DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN 12/02/10 AT 3341 FORT LEWIS CR, SALEM, VA. THE CHILD IS LIKELY ABDUCTED BY JEFFREY SCOTT EASLEY, WHITE, MALE, AGE 32 YEARS OLD, HEIGHT 5 FEET 11 INCHES, WEIGHT 265 LBS, WITH HAZEL EYES AND BROWN HAIR. THEY MAY BE TRAVELING IN A 2000 RED CHEVROLET SUV, LICENSE XPR-4366, VA.
VICTIMS MOTHER'S VEHICLE IS MISSING, SUSPECT MAY BE IN IT SILVER 2005 DODGE 4-DOOR SEDAN VA-XKF2365. PLEASE CONTACT THE ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT AT (540) 777-8641 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453
(1-800-VACHILD). YOU MAY FIND COMPLETE INFORMATION AT WWW.VAAMBERALERT.COM.