After days of searching for Ahrea’L Smith, a woman who vanished from her job at the Little Sue in Claraville, last Tuesday, Northumberland County Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp revealed authorities found a body matching her description.
Earlier that day, Beauchamp asked all citizen search parties to suspend their activities for the day because his office would be working with federal, state, and local authorities to conduct multiple searches. That evening, “after an extensive search operation,” the sheriff announced the discovery.
The body was found on the property in Heathsville occupied by 50-year-old Tyrone Samuel. At this time, the sheriff will not disclose where on the property the body was found.
An autopsy will be done on the female by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond.
More charges, more investigation
Samuel was arrested the Sunday before the body was found, and he was charged only with abduction as it was still unclear at that point where Smith was, according to Beauchamp. But now, with that question seemingly answered, the sheriff said more charges will be sought in connection with last Tuesday’s discovery.
However, the investigation isn’t over. As of this weekend, Beauchamp said they are still conducting interviews and reviewing tips. And he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that others could have been involved. “We don’t know if there are other suspects,” he said.
Last Friday, Samuel was arraigned in Northumberland General District Court for the abduction charge. Considering Samuel a potential danger to the community, the judge denied him bond.
Initially, Samuel was being held at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda. He is now confined at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw.