AMBER ALERT Issues for 12 Year Old Brittany Mae Smith in Virginia, Daughter Abducted, Mother Tina Smith Shot Dead, Jeffrey Scott Easley Suspect
From Internet romance to mom found dead and 12 year old daughter abducted and missing …
An AMBER ALERT has been issued in Virginia for missing 12 year old Brittany Mae Smith. She was last seen on Friday. The story gets worse as it appears that an Internet relationship has gone terribly wrong. Jeff Easley and Tina Smith met on the Internet and Easley moved into her house in Roanoke County along with her 12 year old daughter a few months ago. The red flags are already going off with most people; however, sadly not for Tina and Brittany Mae Smith. A co-worker found Tina Smith slain in her home after she failed to show up at her nursing home job for two days. Her 12-year-old daughter, Brittany Mae Smith, was gone.
Authorities issued a national Amber Alert for Brittany Smith and her description was broadcast frequently on police radios throughout Southwest Virginia. The frantic search included a false sighting Monday night of a girl walking along Interstate 81 in Botetourt County. The case was featured on the HLN television crime show Nancy Grace.
Roanoke County police located Easley’s red 2000 Chevrolet SUV. Missing still was Smith’s car, a silver 2005 Dodge Neon sedan, Virginia tag XKF-2365.
“We are all wondering, ‘What in the world is going to happen to Brittany?’ ” said Fiona Walden, 40, who lives in Tina Smith’s hometown of South Boston, near the North Carolina border.
Smith and Brittany were “as close as a mother can be to a daughter,” Walden said. “Her daughter was her world. Everything she did was for her daughter.”
Mason said police aren’t calling Easley a suspect in Tina Smith’s homicide. The Amber Alert flatly declares him Brittany Smith’s abductor.
12 Year Old Brittany Mae Smith in extreme danger
Brittany Mae Smith
AGE: 12 years old
HEIGHT: 5 feet 00 inches
WEIGHT: 100 lbs
Brown eyes and straight Brown hair
Description of Jeffrey Scott Easley:
Jeffrey Scott Easley
AGE 32 years old
HEIGHT 5 feet 11 inches
WEIGHT 265 lbs
Hazel EYES AND Brown HAIR
They have asked anyone with information to call 911 or Roanoke County police at 540-777-8641.
Authorities are continuing the search for a missing Roanoke County girl who police believe was taken against her will and is in extreme danger.
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. Police say Tina and Brittany Smith were last seen in the area Friday morning.
Brittany Smith’s parents are divorced. The child’s father, Ben Smith, is a police officer in South Boston and is cooperating with authorities.
Police believe Brittany Smith was abducted by 32-year old Jeffrey Scott Easley. Police say Easley and Tina Smith were friends and that Easley may have lived in the home until recently. 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. Police say Easley was last seen in the area Friday evening. Easley works for an area landscaping company.