Frantic Search Continues

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 4:46pm

Virginia police issue Amber Alert for 12-year-old daughter of murder victim.

Not even the frigid temperatures could keep people away from a candlelight vigil to pray for the safe return of missing 12-year-old Brittany Smith, Tuesday night at Virginia's Glenver High School's football stadium.

"I would give my life just for her to be back here," said Nikki Dunn.

She's one of several students worried about her Glenvar Middle School classmate.

Dunn says she's doing all she can to help find her.

"Looking online, getting on her Facebook, sending a friend request to the person who took her," Dunn said.

Detectives say that person is 32-year-old Jeffrey Easley.

Police believe Easley was a friend of Brittany's mother, Tina Smith.

He's now at the center of a homicide investigation after, police found Tina's body Monday morning, in her Fort Lewis area home.

Through song and prayer, Tina and Brittany were in everyone's thoughts at the candlelight vigil.

"Comfort Tina's friends and family right now as they wrestle with the tragedy of losing her light in their lives." That was just one part of the prayer said for Tina Smith, and her family.

A life lost, and now, the search for her daughter brought out many tears.

"Brittany I just pray and hope that you just come home because we all miss you and we all want you to come home. We love you," said Taylor Pille, who told me she is Brittany's best friend and neighbor.

Pille says the last time she saw Brittany was Wednesday, after school.

"It's been very hard. I'm just hoping and praying that it all gets better," Pille added.

Students say it's also been hard to concentrate in class knowing Brittany is in danger.

"Everybody was crying, upset," said student Taylor Miles.

If you have any information, you're asked to call 911.

You may also call Roanoke County Police at 540-777-8641 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.

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