Roanoke County, Va., police say Brittany Mae Smith, 12, flew home with two detectives Monday night. Her father, Benjamin Smith, told local media outlets at a news conference that her return was the happiest day of his life.
The girl and her accused abductor, Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, had been last spotted Dec. 3 on a surveillance video at a Walmart outside Roanoke. The girl's mother, Tina Smith, was found dead last week at their southwestern Virginia home. Investigators say Smith was Easley’s girlfriend. Police consider her death a homicide.
Easley is expected to have his extradition hearing Tuesday morning in San Francisco.