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Murder victim was shot

UPDATE APRIL 22, 4:20 P.M. — The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in determining the exact whereabouts of homicide victim Jean Marie Smith during the 24 hours before her death.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Smith was out of town until the afternoon of April 15 and her approximate time of death was during the evening of April 16. 

If you or someone you know had contact with or knows the whereabouts of Jean Marie Smith during the time leading up to her death, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Hampton Police Department, executed a search warrant on 15 Patriot Crescent in Hampton. As a result of that search warrant, Eric Saub was arrested on unrelated charges, thought the Sheriff’s Office did not say what those charges are.

Saub was a tenant of Mary Hawalka, the grandmother of Jean Marie Smith, who resides at 15 Patriot Crescent.

Saub is currently in Hampton City Jail without bond.


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Staff writer

The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect who killed 25-year-old Jean Marie Smith and left her body in a remote location off Courthouse Highway.

Hunters discovered Smith’s body around 8 a.m. April 17 near Hatcher’s Lane, an unpaved private lane off Courthouse Highway.

Smith had been shot to death, said Sheriff Mark Marshall.



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