Murder victim found in trunk of car by Beaufort County tow truck employee

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The body of a teenager who was murdered in Chowan County was found by a tow truck company employee in the trunk of a car in Beaufort County.

According to the State Bureau of Investigation, what they believe is the body of 19-year-old Amarriah Smith, was found inside the trunk of a car that had been abandoned at a Beaufort County business.

Smith, who is from Nashville, is a student at Elizabeth City State University, and a 2022 graduate of Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount. An identification from the medical examiner’s office, as well as the cause of death, is pending.

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.

Jordan Thomas, 29, has been charged with killing Smith.

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. A murder warrant was then obtained in Chowan County.

Smith’s family says she was a sophomore studying elementary education.

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.