Together with her automobile operating exterior her office in Heathsville, Virginia, 28-year-old Ahreal Smith seemingly vanished into skinny air Wednesday evening, after she was captured by safety cameras on the point of go away on the finish of her shift.
Smith was final seen on surveillance footage closing up the Claraville Little Sue retailer, the place she labored, on Jan. 12 shortly after 9 p.m., in response to authorities.
The surveillance video has not but been launched to the general public, Northumberland County Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp instructed Fox Information Digital. He mentioned the FBI presently has it.
The video exhibits Smith went out to begin her automobile at round 9:05, then returned inside, in response to the sheriff’s workplace.
At 9:18 she received briefly into a distinct automobile that was within the parking zone. Police mentioned they questioned that driver and don’t take into account them a suspect.
After that Smith went again to the shop, locked it up and turned on the alarm.
The video subsequent confirmed Smith selecting up a trash bag and strolling out of the view of the digital camera. She has not been seen since. A co-worker discovered her automobile empty and nonetheless idling within the parking zone the subsequent morning.
A state police Ok-9 unit tracked Smith’s scent for about 50 yards, from the dumpsters to Walnut Level Highway.
“We believe she got into a vehicle at that point,” Beauchamp mentioned throughout a news briefing Friday.
Investigators mentioned the stretch between 9:18 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 13 is of curiosity.
Smith’s sister, Lydia Smith, additionally pleaded for anybody with data to come back ahead in the course of the briefing.
“If anybody knows anything, big, small, whatever, then let us know,” she mentioned. “Let us know something. It’s getting cold. My sister’s been gone for almost two days.”
Smith is 5 toes, 8 inches tall and weighs round 170 kilos. She wears a wig and has quite a few tattoos, together with a rose on her proper thigh, in response to authorities. She was final seen sporting a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, denims and a pair of Uggs.
Anybody with data is requested to name the sheriff’s workplace at 804-580-5221.
“If this was your family what would you want somebody to do? Share it on Facebook, every post you see, just keep it moving, every social media,” Lydia Smith mentioned. “Somebody knows something. Please help us.”
Fox Information’ Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.