Missing 12 Year Old Brittany Mae Smith Found Safe in California, Jeffrey Scott Easley in Police Custody
The search for missing Brittany Mae Smith is over. The 12 year old Virginia girl has been found safe and and harmed in California. Police were tipped that the two, Brittany Mae Smith and Jeffrey Scott Easley, were in an unspecified retail store in San Francisco, CA. Police soon took the pair into custody without resistance.
“She is well and she is in good hands at this time,” Roanoke County, Va., Police Chief Ray Lavinder told reporters hours after Brittany was found. “She’s been in touch with her family. They’re very relieved and I’m assuming maybe a family member will go out there and escort her back.”
Police in Roanoke, Va., added that Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, was in custody in connection with the case. He was a suspect both in Brittany’s disappearance and in the death of her mother, Tina Smith.
They were located somewhere near a tent, which was apparently located somewhere within walking distance of the retail store” where the tipster recognized them from media coverage, Lavinder said.
He added that Brittany was talking to police in San Francisco, and Virginia authorities would seek Easley’s extradition back to Virginia.
Now comes the interviews as to who knew what, where and when. Was Brittany Mae Smith involved in any way? What did she know? What was up with the nicknames like “HCB”? When asked if Brittany knew of her mother’s death, Roanoke police said “yes.” Police did not elaborate. How did the two get from Virginia where the mom, Tina Smith, was found murdered to California?