Memorial Draws Near As No New Answers Emerge Ahoskie Man's Death

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh told WITN News Friday there is no new information for release on the kidnapping and death of 33-year-old Brad Smithwick.

When asked about other media reports about the autopsy and cause of death, Fitzhugh said he did not release any of that information. The chief said the investigation is top priority, and he will not release any information that could jeopardize it.

Police say Smithwick was kidnapped October 4 outside his Ahoskie home by Kitty Hawk police officer Raymond Jedele. Jedele and Smithwick's ex-wife, Janet Harrell, have been charged in connection with his abduction. Smithwick's body was found October 9 in Chowan County.

Wednesday's story on memorial service

Family and friends of Brad Smithwick will gather Sunday to remember Smithwick, whose body was found October 9 in Chowan County.

Police say Smithwick was kidnapped October 4 outside his Ahoskie home by Kitty Hawk police officer Raymond Jedele. Jedele and Smithwick's ex-wife, Janet Harrell, have been charged in connection with his abduction.

The memorial service for Smithwick will be held Sunday at the Faith Alive Ministries in Chesapeake, Virginia (see below for map). Doors open at 3:00 pm and the service starts at 3:30 pm.

The church tells WITN News that a fund has been set up for Smithwick's two children. Donations can be made at any branch of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union.


Tuesday's story on body discovery

Authorities say a body found in southern Chowan County is believed to be a missing Ahoskie man.

A state wildlife officer found the body around 9:30 this morning near the Edenton Airport in a wooded area.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh says they believe the body is that of Brad Smithwick, who was abducted Thursday morning outside his home.

Police have charged two people in the case, Kitty Hawk police officer Raymond Jedele and Smithwicks ex-wife Janet Harrell. Jedelle has been charged with first degree kidnapping and had was arrested Friday, Harrell is charged with accessory after the fact.

Ahoskie police are not saying whether the two face any additional charges.

The body is being send to the state medical examiners office in Greenville for an autopsy.

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  • by Bonnie Location: PNW on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:41 AM
    Ant update on this case?
  • by Tommy & Kristie Beckley Location: Ahoskie, N.C. on Feb 8, 2008 at 03:06 AM
    Feb. 8, 2008 We just want the Smithwick family and friends to know that they are not forgotten and still in our prayers. Justice will be served....
  • by class07 Location: gville on Oct 15, 2007 at 11:15 AM
    My heart goes out to the Smithwick family. May God comfort you and give you peace in this time of despair.Vengeance is mine said the Lord.
  • by Cousin of Sindi Smithwick Location: NJ on Oct 14, 2007 at 10:42 PM
    Our prayers are with you, your family, the two children, and with Brad's family. We are deeply saddened by the situation, and upset that no further charges have been handed out. Not one day passes that we do not feel sorrow and pain for you.
  • by 1stSgt Neil Jackson (Ret) Location: Jacksonville NC on Oct 13, 2007 at 09:41 PM
    I was the co-recruiter in Greenville NC that assisted in the enlistment of Brad into the United States Marine Corps. He was a true dedicated and motivated hard charger. I offer my sincere condolences to his family. SEMPER FI and rest easy my brother.
  • by Punishment Should Fit The Crime Location: Aulander on Oct 13, 2007 at 09:01 PM
    I have always felt that the guilty party of committing a violent crime should receive a punishment that fits the crime. To give the guilty a chance to live the rest of their life at the state's expense is wrong. That guilty person should have to receive the same treatment that they inflicted on the victim. Maybe then the crime rate would be reduced greatly. People should think twice before they commit crimes regardless of whether they might of been set up for the fall because of another person. They still had the choice not to have committed the crime, which is not something that they gave the choice to Brad Smithwick when he died a senseless death.
  • by Melanie Location: Trap on Oct 13, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    Thank you for finally giving this story the attention it so much deserves.
  • by tina perry Location: murfreesboro on Oct 13, 2007 at 05:20 AM
    to the family of mr. smithwick and his family i send my condolence to the family.
  • by friend Location: jamesville nc on Oct 12, 2007 at 09:50 PM
    ours prayers are with you
  • by anonymous Location: aulander on Oct 12, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    To the family i didnt know mr smithwick or his family but i send my condolence for your loss.May god give you all the strength to go on. Stay strong for the kids and god will do the rest. I have been following up on this since day one and was praying for mr smithwick to be alive and it hurted me to my heart to find out otherwise.I know this is a difficult time right now but hold your head up and let the lord fight the battle and serve justice to the potheads that did this.

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