Amelia Martinez Smith
Smith, approximately 2000; Jeffrey Maxwell in 2011
Date reported missing : 02/03/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 02/15/1948 (73)
Age at the time of disappearance: 51 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 111 pounds
Medical conditions : Smith has been diagnosed with non-contagious tuberculosis.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Smith wears eyeglasses. Her ears are pierced. Smith's nickname is Amy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was employed at a taxi company in Irving, Texas in 2000. She departed from the business after her shift ended at 10:00 p.m. on February 3, 2000. Authorities believe that Smith drove to her trailer home in Weatherford, Texas alone shortly afterwards. Smith's husband was visiting his mother at the time, and their children were not at the residence either.
Neighbors reported that her trailer home was on fire at approximately 4:00 a.m. the following morning. By the time authorities arrived at the residence, it was fully engulfed in flames. Investigators discovered that someone also attempted to set fire to the interior of Smith's vehicle, which was located near her home. She resided alone at the time and authorities were unable to discover evidence suggesting she was a victim of the fire.
Smith has never been heard from again. Investigators believe that an arsonist was responsible for the fire at her residence. An extensive search of the surrounding areas produced no clues as to her whereabouts.
Jeffrey Allan Maxwell is considered a possible suspect in Smith's disappearance. In March 2011, he was charged with kidnapping and Gender : ually assaulting a 62-year-old woman. The woman went missing after her house burned down, and was found alive thirteen days later in a secret compartment in Jeffrey's home. She'd been bound, raped and tortured.
A photo of Jeffrey is posted with this case summary. Authorities haven't found any evidence that he knew Smith, but her disappearance was remarkably similar to the 2011 kidnapping. He has long been a suspect in the 1992 disappearance of his wife, Martha, who was never found.
Her husband stated Smith is deeply religious and a responsible person who would not have abandoned her children. Foul play is suspected in Smith's case, which remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Parker County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Associated Press
The Houston Chronicle
The Laredo Morning Times
The Dallas Morning News
October 12, 2004. March 22, 2011; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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