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Ayanna Nneka Smith

Birth: February 5, 1990
Death: january 21, 2017

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SOUTHEASTSUN.COM
Cassie Gibbs - Feb 2, 2017

EPD makes arrest in woman's disappearance

Enterprise Police Chief T.D. Jones has announced the arrest of a suspect in the disappearance of Ayanna Smith, 26.

"We feel certain that Ms. (Ayanna) Smith is a victim of foul play," Jones said.

Malcom Theotis Hunter, 29, was arrested and charged with murder on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 p.m. A body has not been found at this time.

A person can be charged with murder even with the absence of a body “if a jury can reasonably infer, based on the evidence, actual or circumstantial, that it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the missing person is in fact dead,” said Twelfth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Anderson. “There have been a litany of such cases over the years that cover many different states, including Kentucky and Tennessee.

“In this case, we have multiple statements that point to this,” Anderson said. “And it is expected to be bolstered by the forensic evidence submitted for analysis.”

Hunter was previously arrested on Jan. 26 and charged with failing to register as an ex-felon, according to Jones. His second arrest occurred while he was in municipal court for this charge.

He was being held in the Coffee County Jail before being charged with murder.

Jones said Hunter and Smith were in a relationship, but were not legally married, despite posts on social media.

Smith had a five-month-old child and a seven-year-old child. The children are currently with Smith's mother.

"We're asking anyone with information on this case to please come forward with any information, no matter how minute they think their information may be," Jones said. "We're still actively trying to find Ms. Smith.

"We need some more information because we're trying to do everything we can to bring some closure to the family and they can find their loved one."

Smith was last seen on W. Brunson Street on Jan. 21 at 10 p.m., according to an EPD press release. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and black shoes.

According to Sgt. Jeff Spence, Smith's mother contacted the police on Jan. 23 about her daughter. He said the case began with the unauthorized use of Smith's vehicle.

"I want to say to the family that our hearts and prayers are with the family of Ayanna Smith," Jones said. "No family should have to suffer through the agony and heartbreak of not knowing where their loved ones are located."

Jones credited the following agencies for their assistance in the investigation: the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and Posse, the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, the Dothan Police Department, the Dothan Crime Lab, the Level Plains Police Department, the Daleville Police Department, Wiregrass Aviation Support, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the United States Marshalls, the Coffee County District Attorney’s Office, the Southwest Panhandle Search and Rescue and the Sarasota, Fla., K9 Search and Rescue.

The EPD is asking for the public's assistance in this case. If anyone has information regarding the disappearance of Ayanna Smith, contact the EPD at (334) 347-2222.

Source: View SoutheastSun.com Article

Testimonials

August 31, 2017:
Ayanna, on angels wings you were taken, but you will stay in my heart. You are gone but never forgotten. I will always remember and love you. My heart is torn and only God can fix it.

Patricia Smith, Mother

August 31, 2017:
Ayanna, I will always remember your smile, and your everyday life. You are gone but never forgotten, I will always remember you. Love Grandma.

Lula Fitzpatrick, Grandmother

July 26, 2017:
Nneka we miss and love you so much, words can't put in to perspective the void that we face each day in your absence.

I wish........
That you were still here with us on earth.
That we could turn back the hands of time.
That we could have spent more time together.
That we communicated more.
That we could have took the kids on a family vacation.
That we were closer in age, so that I could have played a bigger role in your life.

God has plan for you. I know your in heaven keeping an eye on us. Until we meet again.

//SIGNED//

Your Mother, Father, Brother, Sons & Niece

Kawon Reed, Brother

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