Chowan County murder victim was Elizabeth City State sophomore

Chowan County murder victim was Elizabeth City State sophomore

Jordan Thomas has been charged with killing 19-year-old Amarriah Smith.

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A teenager who was murdered in Chowan County was a student at Elizabeth City State University.

Jordan Thomas, 29, has been charged with killing 19-year-old Amarriah Smith.

Thomas is charged with the murder of Amarriah Smith, 19, a student at Elizabeth City State University, according to Chowan County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas is charged with the murder of Amarriah Smith, 19, a student at Elizabeth City State University, according to Chowan County Sheriff’s Office.

The Edenton man was first charged with concealing the death of a person and larceny of a motor vehicle in Beaufort County. A murder warrant was then obtained in Chowan County.

The victim is believed to be Smith, but authorities said yesterday that was pending a positive identification.

The victim’s body was found in the trunk of a car owned by Thomas in Beaufort County last Wednesday, according to officials. WITN is told the car was towed and what is believed to be Smith’s body was found by a tow truck employee in the tow company’s facility.

Smith’s family says she is from Nashville and was a sophomore elementary education major at Elizabeth City State University.

The university expressed its thoughts on Smith’s tragic and sudden passing.

“Her untimely death, which occurred off campus, has left our community saddened,” said ECSU Chancellor Dr. Karrie Dixon. “Please keep Amarriah’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

The SBI said the arrest comes after a joint investigation by them, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas is being held at the Chowan County jail under no bond. The investigation is ongoing, and officials say more information will shared at a later time.

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