While driving her car outside her workplace in Heathsville, Virginia, 28-year-old Ahriel Smith disappeared into the air Wednesday night after security cameras captured her getting ready to leave at the end of her shift.
Smith was last seen on surveillance footage closing the Clareville Little Sue store where he was working shortly after 9pm on Jan. 12, officials said.
Northumberland County Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp told LBL Digital that the surveillance video has not yet been released to the public. He said the FBI currently has it.
According to the sheriff’s office, the video shows that Smith went outside to start his car around 9:05, then returned.
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At 9:18 pm she briefly boarded a different car in the parking lot. The driver was questioned and was not considered a suspect, police said.
After that, Smith went back to the store, locked it and turned on the alarm.
The video next shows Smith picking up the trash bag and walking away from the view of the camera. She hasn’t been seen since. A colleague saw her car empty and in the parking lot the next morning.
The State Police K-9 unit tracked Smith’s scent for about 50 yards from dumpsters to Walnut Point Road.
“We believe she boarded the vehicle at the time,” Beauchamp said News briefing Friday.
Investigators said the extension between 9:18 pm on January 12 and 4:30 am on January 13 was interesting.
Smith’s sister Lydia Smith also appealed to anyone with information during the briefing to come forward.
“If anyone knows anything, big or small, let us know,” he said. “We have nothing.
Smith is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. She wears a wig and has several tattoos, including a pink one on her right thigh, authorities said. She was last seen wearing a black Nike head sweatshirt, jeans and a pair of sunglasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 804-580-5221.
“If it’s your family, what would you like someone to do? Share it on Facebook, every post you see, move it, every social media,” said Lydia Smith. “Anyone know anything, please help us.”
Sarah Rumpf of LBL contributed to this report.