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Police: Someone Hiding Missing Virginia Girl and Her Alleged Abductor

Brittany Mae Smith, 12, of Virginia was found unharmed Dec. 10, four days after her mother was found dead.

Brittany Mae Smith, 12, of Virginia was found unharmed Dec. 10, four days after her mother was found dead.

ROANOKE, Va. -- A police chief in Virginia says he believes someone may be hiding a 12-year-old girl and a man she disappeared with after the child's mother was found dead.

Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder also said Wednesday morning that a warrant has been issued charging 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Easley with abduction.

Lavinder said at a news conference that Easley and Brittany Mae Smith seemed to "just drop off the face of the Earth" without much money. That's why he thinks someone is helping Easley evade a nationwide search.

Authorities found the body of Brittany's 41-year-old mother, Tina Smith, at her home in Salem on Monday. Smith was Easley's live-in girlfriend. Authorities have ruled the death a homicide but aren't saying how she died.