BrittanySmith12.10.10.jpgA Virginia man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl whose mother was found dead in a suspected homicide earlier this month agreed today to be extradited from San Francisco back to that state, prosecutors said.

Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, did not challenge extradition proceedings during a brief hearing this morning in San Francisco Superior Court, district attorney’s office spokesman Seth Steward said.

Easley is suspected of kidnapping Brittany Mae Smith nearly two weeks ago, according to Roanoke County authorities. The girl’s mother, Tina Smith, 41, was found dead in her home on Dec. 6.

A San Francisco resident who had heard about the high-profile case on TV spotted Easley and the girl Friday at a Safeway supermarket in the city’s Outer Richmond neighborhood Friday, and Easley was arrested, San Francisco police said.

The girl was unharmed, police said.

After waiving extradition today, Easley will be transported back
to Roanoke County “very soon” for possible prosecution there, Steward said.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

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