Search for Jessica Smith Goes Nationwide

Arrest warrant issued

By Frank Heinz
|  Sunday, Feb 12, 2012  |  Updated 3:52 PM CDT
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Amber Alert Issued for Missing 11-Year-Old

Jessica Smith, 11, with her mother, Kimberly, inset.

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Search for Jessica Smith Continues

Police and the FBI are expanding the search for Jessica Smith hoping to bring the Fort Worth 11-year-old home safe.

Amber Alert Reissued, Extended to New Mexico

Fort Worth police are still searching for 11-year-old Jessica Smith. An Amber Alert has been extended to New Mexico.
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UPDATE: Jessica Smith and her mother were found safe in New Mexico on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Read updates to this story here: Jessica Smith, Mother Found Safe

The Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith has been extended to all states bordering Texas, Fort Worth police said Thursday.

Jessica disappeared overnight Monday. She is believed to be with her mother, who has custody of the girl, but police said they believe she is in grave danger.

Two arrest warrants have been issued for Kimberly Smith, Jessica's mother, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The warrants are for aggravated assault and child endangerment.

Fort Worth police said Friday that they are aware of and investigating the validity of a Facebook post on an account believed to belong to Jessica.

Police said Smith, 42, took Jessica from their home late Monday night or Tuesday morning after a family fight.

Investigators said Smith apparently has a deteriorating mental illness and has threatened to commit suicide and injure her children. Police also said Smith has exhibited a pattern of irrational behavior.

On Wednesday, the Amber Alert was extended to New Mexico and Oklahoma. On Thursday, the Amber Alert was also extended to include Arkansas and Louisiana while being canceled in New Mexico. The alert in Texas was reissued Thursday evening.

By taking the search nationwide -- even though it's not a national Amber Alert -- investigators could put information about the mother and daughter on roadside billboards.

Jessica is 5 feet 1 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and straight, brown hair just past her shoulders in length.

Smith has a cross tattoo on her neck and a decorative tattoo on her back. She is 42 years old and stands 5 feet 2 inches tall. She weighs approximately 150 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Officers are searching for a 2007 silver Mazda CX-9 sedan with Texas license plate BMZ-390. The car has tinted windows and a pink and green Harley-Davidson sticker on the rear window.

Anyone with information on the location of Jessica or Kimberly Smith are asked to call 911 or the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.


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