NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — On Tuesday evening, authorities announced that search crews found a body in Northumberland County that may belong to Ahrea’l Smith, a Virginia store clerk who went missing last week.

According to the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, a body matching Smith’s description was found on a property in Heathsville after an extensive search operation throughout the day. An autopsy will be used to verify the woman’s identity.

Law enforcement had already arrested and charged 50-year-old Tyrone Samuel of Heathsville, in connection with Smith’s abduction on Saturday, Jan. 15. He is currently being held at Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda.

Now, the sheriff’s office says more charges will be sought.

It was confirmed by the sheriff’s office that Samuel and Smith knew each other prior to the 28-year-old’s disappearance. However, they were not in a relationship.

The 28-year-old Heathsville woman locked up the Little Sue store she works at in Claraville around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Smith went outside and started her car before taking out the trash and locking the store’s door.

The security camera video of Smith that night is the last time she was seen alive. In addition, her car was still running outside of the store the next morning.

Between starting her car and finishing up the closing tasks, Smith reportedly got into another car with someone, but she got out soon afterward. Authorities say the driver is not being considered as a suspect.

According to Northumberland County Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp, Smith’s disappearance scared the community.

The sheriff’s office arrested Samuel on Saturday and charged him with abduction in relation to Smith’s disappearance, but that step in the investigation did not bring Smith home immediately.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, just hours before the body was found, Beauchamp said they didn’t know if Smith was still alive.