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Posted at 7:29 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Va. girl sought after mother found dead

By The Associated Press

Police in Virginia continue searching for a 12-year-old Roanoke County girl believed taken against her will after her mother was found dead in their home.

State police issued an Amber Alert for Brittany Mae Smith on Monday.

Roanoke County spokeswoman Teresa Hamilton Hall says Brittany Smith may be with Jeffrey Scott Easley.

Smith, left, and Easley. (VSP)

Authorities were called to the home in Salem after the mother failed to show up for work. Investigators say 41-year-old Tina Smith's death is being investigated as a possible homicide. An autopsy is expected Tuesday.

She says Easley was a friend of Tina Smith and may have lived in the home until recently. He is believed to driving a 2005 silver Dodge Neon.

Smith is described as 5-feet, 100 pounds with straight brown hair and brown eyes.

By The Associated Press  | December 7, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
Categories:  Missing Persons, Virginia  
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Way to notify us of those Amber Alerts, Post. How about a picture of the missing child?

Posted by: Easel3 | December 7, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Easel3 writes: Way to notify us of those Amber Alerts, Post. How about a picture of the missing child?

Ah, Easel3....Just who do you think that is a picture of on the left -- the 41-year-old mother?!? I suppose you thought that the Post was also describing the mother as being 5-feet and 100 pounds, too..... Lordie....

Posted by: anon57 | December 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

yo post - adding a gaussian blur to the victim's picture isn't going to help anyone find her ;(

Posted by: steampunk | December 7, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse


At 8:10 AM there were no pictures and the the article was three sentences long. The Post, like most news organizations, frequently updates their articles...

Posted by: Easel3 | December 7, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Should be "Va. girl missing after mother found dead." "Sought" sounds like the girl is the suspect.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 8, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Is he "sought" or "missing" too?

Posted by: LifeBeforePrinciple | December 8, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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