Brittany Smith, 12, is believed to be traveling with Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32.
“Police have issued an Amber Alert for Brittany, asked motorists to be on the lookout for a 2005 silver Dodge Neon with the Virginia tag XKR-2365,” according to the alert message.
They are also hoping Brittany is able to use her cell phone and send a message to one of her friends who she is normally in daily contact with.
“We are extremely concerned with Brittany’s safety and we’ve asked the state police to continue with the Amber Alert for another 24 hours,” Roanoke County (Va.) Police Chief Ray Lavinder said at a press conference.
Brittany Smith is described as being a white female with straight brown hair, 5 feet tall and weighing 100 pounds. She has brown eyes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Police want to question Easley about the death of Smith’s mother, Tina Smith, 41.
Law enforcement believes the child is in danger.
Police discovered the death of Tina and Brittany’s disappearance on Monday when they visited the family’s home in Salem, Va., according to the alert.
The vehicle Easley is using belonged to Tina Smith.
Easley was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 265 pounds. He has dark hair and is believed to have family in North Carolina and Alabama. The two may be headed in that direction, according to the alert.
Anyone having contact with either Easley or Smith is asked to contact local 911, Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 or Roanoke County Police at 1-540-777-8641.
- An open rear window was used to gain entry to a vehicle, allowing car burglars to take a purse. The theft occurred at a local high school while the victim attended a concert, according to a report filed by deputy Earl Pike of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Pike filed a report for Whitney Cannon.
His report noted Cannon was at Walker Valley High School when someone reached in, opened the door and took her purse, which was located on the front seat.
No damage was reported regarding the car; however, the loss was estimated at $50.
Officials with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Cleveland Police Department remind motorists to “Take away the opportunity” from would-be burglars.
Put valuables, especially purses, in your vehicle’s trunk or carry them with you.