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Brittany Smith to Be Reunited with Her Family

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Reporter: David Tate

Roanoke Co., VA - Family members of 12-year-old Brittany Smith will be reunited with her Monday night in the Roanoke area.

Roanoke County Public Information Officer Teresa Hamilton-Hall says Smith is being accompanied by two Roanoke County detectives and will be picked up by officials directly from the airport tarmac when she arrives in Roanoke.

Smith will then be taken to waiting family members at an undisclosed location. Hamilton-Hall says Smith will be turned over to family members at that time and will not be in custody of state or local officials.

In San Francisco, where Smith and 32-year old Jeffrey Easley were located Friday evening, Easley is in San Francisco County Jail #2 at a special wing for psychiatric observation.

The wing is described as a "podular" style jail that has a central control room surrounded by a dayroom with jail cells lining the walls.

A spokeswoman for the jail says that she cannot disclose whether Easley is in isolation or not. She did say that the move to house Easley in the psychiatric wing came on a recommendation from the California Department of Public Health.

Easley is scheduled for an extradition hearing Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. If Easley waives extradition, he will likely be back in Virginia by the weeks end.

The San Francisco District Attorney's office does not anticipate any state charges to be filed against Easley in California.

Easley already faces two felony charges in Salem for allegedly using Tina Smith's credit card. A third felony warrant was taken out in Roanoke County against Easley for abduction. More charges are expected.

Over the weekend, Roanoke County Police were able to meet with the woman who called in the tip that led to Smith being found.  Police interviewed Theresa Shanley over the weekend.

Tina Smith was found dead in her Roanoke County home December 6. That discovery led to a nationwide Amber Alert for Smith's missing daughter, Brittany, and Easley- who authorities believed had taken the girl.

A "candlelight" homecoming has also been scheduled in Brittany's hometown of South Boston. Elated neighbors there plan on celebrating Brittany's return from 4:00 – 6:00p.m. Sunday in Constitution Square downtown South Boston.

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