Missing Virginia Girl Returns Home

Girl's Father Calls It the Happiest Day of His Life

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    Amber Alert

    A missing Virginia girl who was found unharmed in San Francisco has finally come home.

    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.