Missing Virginia store worker said someone made her feel uncomfortable before she disappeared

(NewsNation Now) – A Virginia woman is asking for help after her sister was allegedly abducted last week from the convenience store where she worked.

Even the arrest of a man in connection with her disappearance has not answered the question: Where is Ahrea’l Smith?

Ahrea’l was about to leave work for the night of Wednesday January 12 when she was caught on surveillance video picking out rubbish. She was not seen again and the next morning her car was found running outside the store.

Lydia Smith, her older sister, told “NewsNation Prime” that Ahrea’l texted her about a strange person outside the store.

“She said someone at the door was making her feel uncomfortable,” Lydia said. “She never really said a name, but she said someone, you know, made her feel uncomfortable. But not that she was scared. When she went to that trash can like the last The look on her face was her normal state. Her demeanor was calm. Someone was waiting and they took her away.

Lydia says her sister probably didn’t have time to tell anyone she was working with since she was closing on her own.

According to a statement released by the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Tyrone N. Samuel, 50, of Heathsville, was arrested on Saturday January 15 and charged in connection with Ahrea’l’s kidnapping.

Lydia broke down when asked what she would like to say to Ahrea’l.

“I love her and wish I could have kept her safe. That’s all I have. I miss her,” Lydia said. “I pray that she is safe and unharmed, and I just want her to come home. For a real man, that’s like five days. It’s my little sister.

Anyone with information that might help is asked to contact the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 804-580-5221.

WFXR’s sister station WRIC contributed to this report.