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Virginia– Police issued an Amber Alert for a 12-year-old girl who they suspect has been kidnapped after finding her mother dead inside a Salem, Virginia, home.

Brittany Mae Smith was last seen “several days ago,” according to a Roanoke County statement issued Monday. Police launched a search for Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, whom authorities describe as a friend of the dead mother.

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“Police have said that the young lady is in extreme danger,” said Teresa Hamilton Hall, public information director for Roanoke County.

Roanoke County police went to the Salem residence around 9:30 a.m. Monday after concerned co-workers of Tina Smith, the girl’s mother, contacted them. Police found the 41-year-old woman’s body inside, and authorities said they were investigating the death as a possible homicide.

Police soon got information that Brittany Smith’s whereabouts were unknown, leading them to issue the statewide alert.

“We found out pretty quickly that (Brittany) had not shown up for school. Nobody seemed to know where she was. We’re concerned that her disappearance is going to be, at least a good possibility, it has something to do with the homicide,” Roanoke County police Lt. Chuck Mason said, according to CNN affiliate WSET-TV of Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Brittany Mae Smith Update: Surveillance Video Shows Missing Girl and Suspect at Walmart

ROANOKE, Va. (CBS/WDBJ) Authorities in Roanoke County have released an image taken at a Walmart in Salem, Va. which they say shows 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith and the man suspected in her disappearance.

Brittany is believed to be with 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Easley, a friend of Brittany’s mother, whom the woman met online.

The video was recorded Friday night, according to police. Police say Brittany is still in grave danger and are appealing to her friends for information.

Read update at CBSnews.com

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