(NewsNation Now) — A Virginia woman is pleading for help after her sister was allegedly abducted last week from the convenience store where she worked.
Not even a man’s arrest in connection with her disappearance has answered the question: Where is Ahrea’l Smith?
Ahrea’l was about to leave work for the night on Wednesday, Jan. 12 when she was caught on surveillance video taking trash outside. She was not seen again, and the next morning, her car was found still running outside the store.
Lydia Smith, her older sister, told “NewsNation Prime” that Ahrea’l texted her about a strange person outside the store.
“She said that someone at the door made her feel uncomfortable,” Lydia said. “She never really said a name, but she said that someone, you know, made her feel uncomfortable. But not that she was afraid. When she went to that trash like the last look on her face was her normal self. Her demeanor was calm. Somebody was waiting and they snatched her.”
Lydia says her sister likely didn’t have time to tell anyone she worked with since she was closing up by herself.
According to a statement posted by the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 50-year-old Tyrone N. Samuel of Heathsville, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 15 and charged in connection with Ahrea’l’s abduction.
Lydia broke down when she was asked what she would like to say to Ahrea’l.
“I love her, and I wish I could have kept her safe. That’s all I got. I miss her,” Lydia said. “I pray that she’s safe and unharmed, and I just want her to come home. For real man, it’s been, like, five days. That’s my baby sister.”
Anyone with information that could help is urged to contact the Northumberland County Sheriffs Office at 804-580-5221.
WFXR’s sister station WRIC contributed to this report.