Ahreal Smith was last seen on surveillance video taken at the Claraville Little Sue store in Heathsville on Jan. 12. She grabbed a bag of trash and headed toward the dumpster after closing shop. Authorities are now describing her absence as an “abduction” and have charged area resident Tyrone Samuel.
“We are still investigating if there was a prior connection, and if there are other potential suspects,” Northumberland County Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp told Fox News Digital Monday.
Her car was running in the parking lot out front – where a co-worker found it still idling a day later, with Smith nowhere to be seen.
Police K-9s tracked her scent about 50 yards away from the store’s dumpsters, to the edge of a road where investigators believe she may have gotten into a vehicle.
El domingo, the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office announced it had arrested Samuel a day earlier.
The Heathsville resident “was arrested and charged with the abduction of Ahreal Smith,” the sheriff said in a statement.
Smith’s whereabouts remain unknown and anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (804) 580-5221.
Ella es 5 pies, 8 inches tall and weighs around 170 libras. She wears a wig and has numerous tattoos, including a rose on her right thigh, según las autoridades. She was last seen wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a pair of Uggs.
Smith’s employer, another local business, a charity called Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success and her family have pooled together a reward of $ 9,400 for information that leads to her location.