- Last Updated on 01:44 PM 12/08/10
- BY Staff
Authorities have obtained a felony arrest warrant for 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Easley, said Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder during a news conference Wednesday morning in the lobby of the Roanoke County Public Safety Center.
Easley is wanted in connection to the disappearance and search for 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith of Roanoke County, formerly of South Boston.
“Brittany is a 12-year-old child, and she’s in the company of a 32-year-old man,” said Chief Lavinder. “As to what relationship Jeff Easley and Brittany may have between them is irrelevant. With a child, consent is irrelevant in the eyes of the law. She is a victim.”
As teams of Roanoke County, state and federal law enforcement, and representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children pursue more than 250 tips on this case, new information has been developed concerning the description of the missing silver 2005 Dodge Neon, Virginia tag XKF-2365, said Teresa Hamilton Hall, Roanoke County Public Information director.
The Neon has a spoiler or “fin” on the back of it,” said Hall. The car belonged to Brittany’s mother, Tina Smith, and has been missing since Friday.
Police found the body of Tina Smith in her Salem Home Monday morning and requested state police to issue an Amber Alert when they realized 12-year-old Brittany was missing.
Brittany also is the daughter of South Boston Police Officer B. H. Smith.
Chief Lavinder also warned anyone hiding or helping Easley that harboring a wanted person is a crime in Virginia. “I am confident that somebody out there knows where these two are,” the chief said. “They need food. The temperatures have been in the teens at night. Helping or hiding Jeff Easley is a crime. If you care about these two, now is the time to come forward.”