After almost seven days, 12-year old Brittany Mae Smith has been found safe on the west coast. Brittany and her abductor, Jeffrey Scott Easley, were spotted in front of a store early Friday afternoon when a woman recognized them from news reports and dialed 911.
San Francisco police were notified and Jeffrey Scott Easley was arrested without incident. The charges Easley is being held on are felony abduction, felony fraud, and felony larceny. He has not yet been charged with the murder of Tina Smith, Brittany’s mother.
Friday, December 3rd was the last time Brittany and Jeffrey Easley had been seen in Roanoke. School officials reported her absent on Monday, December 6th, the same day her mother, Tina Smith was found murdered in her home in Roanoke, prompting a national hunt for a 12-year old girl deemed to be in grave danger.
It is not certain yet whether Jeffrey Easley had help in transporting Brittany across the country. Those details should be provided later today. The drive from Roanoke to San Francisco is estimated at 2,748 miles and would take nearly two days of straight-driving time. A feat nearly impossible for one driver without stopping for rest.
At the present time, Mr. Easley is being held in a San Francisco jail until Roanoke County police arrive to transport Jeffrey Easley to Roanoke County jail and return Brittany Smith, who is currently in protective custody, to her family.
Details are sketchy as to their route from Roanoke to San Francisco; however, The Gazette-Virginian reported that San Francisco Police were investigating the area that Brittany and Jeffrey Easley had been staying while in San Francisco. They did say it was close in proximity to where Easley was arrested, although the silver Dodge Neon has not been located.
Brittany Mae Smith has spoken with her family in Roanoke and is reportedly doing well. Her family anxiously waits their being reunited with Brittany. The best Christmas present anyone could ask for.
Sources: The Gazette-Virginian, Fox8 News, The Washington Post