Good Samaritan helps save Brittany Smith

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Brittany Smith was expected back in Roanoke Monday night. We now know it was a mother's intuition that saved the 12-year-old's life.

A San Francisco mom says she looked into the eyes of a young pan handler and knew the face was familiar.

Theresa Shanely felt something was wrong and called police after what was supposed to be a routine trip to buy dog food.

"I looked at him for a second but mainly her, and the hair on my arms stood up. We never took our eyes off each other - normally she'd look away or I would look away - I just couldn't. I knew she was very young," said Shanley.

Shanley's instinct was spot on, and police caught up with the pair.

32-year-old Jeffrey Easley is now facing a federal charge for traveling out of state to avoid prosecution.

He will have a court appearance Tuesday morning in San Francisco to start the process of extraditing him back to Virginia.

New surveillance video shows Brittany and Easley at a Salem store, less than an hour after leaving a Walmart December 3.

Police say Easley met up with a man he knew. That man is also being investigated to see what role, if any, he played in this case.

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