BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) – Funeral arrangements have been made for an Eastern Carolina teenager who was murdered and found in the trunk of a car by a tow truck driver.
The family of Amarriah Smith say they’ll lay the 19-year-old Nashville native, to rest this Sunday.
A funeral service will be held for her at the Word Tabernacle Church at 2 p.m. in Rocky Mount. She was a sophomore studying elementary education at Elizabeth City State University.
According to the State Bureau of Investigations, what they believed to be the body of Smith, was found inside the trunk of a car that had been abandoned at a Beaufort County business last month.
The SBI said that employees of Tyco Crushing in Washington had the car towed after it was left in their parking lot. The tow truck employee found the body after the car was towed to their facility.
Smith’s cause of death is still pending, according to her family.
.Jordan Thomas, 29, has been charged with killing the teenager.
According to the SBI, Thomas left his car in the Tyco parking lot and stole a truck that was parked there. The stolen truck was later found at ECU Health Beaufort Hospital in Washington.
Thomas was arrested there as well.
The SBI said that agents believe Smith was killed at a different location and that evidence was found at a home in Edenton where Thomas had been living, and agents think that Thomas and Smith knew each other
The Edenton man was first charged with concealing the death of a person and larceny of a motor vehicle in Beaufort County and he was then charged with murder in Chowan County.
Smith’s family says Thomas’ first court appearance will be on February 13.