NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A man previously arrested in the abduction of a Virginia store clerk, Ahrea’l Smith, has now been charged with murder.
Smith reportedly went missing on the night of Jan. 12. as she was getting ready to leave her job at the Little Sue Store in Claraville. Her coworkers found her car still running outside the store the next morning.
The Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office says 50-year-old Tyrone N. Samuel of Heathsville was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with Smith’s abduction.
On Jan. 18, authorities announced they found a body on a property in Healthsville that matched Smith. The body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy.
Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, the sheriff’s office reported that Samuel was charged by a grand jury with first-degree murder in connection with Smith’s death. Samuel is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 1.
The missing clerk’s older sister previously said Smith texted her about a strange person who was outside the store and made her feel uncomfortable.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 804-580-5221.