Memory card found on the street leads to arrest of alleged killer

Memory card found on the street leads to arrest of alleged killer

Memory card found on the street leads to arrest of alleged killer

In a press release, the Anchorage Police Department said an SD card found on September 30 lying on the street in the city's Fairview neighborhood contained photos and videos of the assault and homicide of an as-yet unidentified woman.

The woman had no idea what was on the memory card she was about to access.

The woman's body was found last week close to a road in Anchorage.

Smith was taken into custody at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday afternoon and is now being held on a $750,000 cash bond.

Smith appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge said he'd be appointed a public defender. It is not clear whether Smith has an attorney.

A woman called Anchorage police on Sept. 30 to say she found an SD card lying on the ground, and that it contained disturbing videos from early September that showed a woman being beaten, raped and strangled, according to court documents.

The SD card contained graphic images and video of the assault and murder of a dark-haired woman.

The card was labelled "Homicide at midtown Marriott", according to court papers.

A charging document states that the videos depict a woman being choked, and a man saying "just. die", reports the Associated Press. But her efforts were futile.

JWoww 'hurt' after boyfriend Zack Carpinello flirts with Angelina Pivarnick
Carpinello, who earned the nickname "24" on the show because of his age, hasn't addressed the drama publicly. I in actuality feel disrespected by somebody I known as a chum and by somebody who said they loved me.

The first of the photos, which timestamps indicated were taken in the early hours of September 4, show the woman lying on a carpeted floor bloodied and bruised. "The carpet in the images and videos matches this hotel's carpet", prosecutors wrote in the document.

A couple of hours later, the pictures documented a different scene. The remains, they believed, were of the woman in the photos and videos. Photos reportedly show the victim's body on a hotel luggage cart.

"With the SD card, one of the first questions that detectives had to answer was 'Was this staged, or did this really happen?' " Thim told Alaska Public Media on Wednesday. "When they were able to determine that this was an actual crime, then the investigation started to quickly speed up".

Anchorage police believe human remains found along a highway earlier this month are those of the woman. In another video, the suspect is seen stomping on the woman's throat with his foot, documents said and laughing as he strangles her. It sounded like Smith, whom they had crossed paths with during another investigation, according to the AP. He did not know where Smith's flight had originated.

Police believe that Smith recorded the murder himself in a hotel room.

Images also showed the victim in the back of a truck, documents said.

Brian Steven Smith, a 48-year-old reportedly from South Africa, was arrested at Ted Stevens International Airport after investigators linked him to the crime.

Police spokesman MJ Thim said Smith had been on a flight returning to Anchorage. Police said detectives were working to confirm her identity and that the department would release her name once next-of-kin is notified of her death.

Her actions "played an instrumental role" and "serves as another example of when you see something suspicious, say something", said police.

Recommended News

  • Trump confirms Al-Qaeda bombmaker killed two years ago

    Trump confirms Al-Qaeda bombmaker killed two years ago

    The underwear with the explosive worn by alleged Northwest 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is shown in this undated photo. However, the bomb failed to explode and Abdulmutallab was tackled to the ground by a fellow passenger.
    Two probable cases of vaping-related lung illness reported in N.B

    Two probable cases of vaping-related lung illness reported in N.B

    But authorities can not definitively exclude nicotine products, since 13 percent of all patients reported nicotine use only. E-cigarette and/or vaping products should never be used by youths, young adults or women who are pregnant.
    WhatsApp for Android ‘disappears’ from Google Play

    WhatsApp for Android ‘disappears’ from Google Play

    If you search " WhatsApp " on Google Play , the search results only showcase WhatsApp Business app and not the main messaging app. I'll be honest, though, I've never used either of these stores, so I wouldn't even know if it was ever there in the first place.
  • Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Are Back Together 2 Months After Split

    Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Are Back Together 2 Months After Split

    According to the eyewitness, while they arrived separately, they stayed by each other's side for the rest of the night. Another source says that after she left Miss Lily's , she "got into the The Weeknd's auto ".
    Rudy Giuliani's team has some serious beef with Trey Gowdy

    Rudy Giuliani's team has some serious beef with Trey Gowdy

    Trump is suiting up for a legal fight with the House as the impeachment inquiry heats up. Gowdy chose to not run for re-election in 2018.
    Mary Kom, Jamuna Boro & Lovlina Seal Medal Slots At World Boxing Championships

    Mary Kom, Jamuna Boro & Lovlina Seal Medal Slots At World Boxing Championships

    Starting off slowly amid the cheers of Indian fans present at the quarter-final match in Ulan-Ude, Mary remained calm. On Tuesday, Mary Kom defeated Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand by a unanimous 5:0 resolution within the second spherical.
  • Liam Hemsworth & Maddison Brown: New Couple Alert?

    Liam Hemsworth & Maddison Brown: New Couple Alert?

    Nearly four months to the day that the interview was shared, Brown was spotted holding hands with Liam , 29, in New York City. On August 21, it was confirmed by E! He officially filed for divorce from the singer just days later.
    Tesla rushes to keep California blackout from busting batteries

    Tesla rushes to keep California blackout from busting batteries

    He tweeted the company will adding solar arrays and batteries to its Supercharger charging stations "as fast as possible". Wildfires continue to rage while new ones have broken out in both northern and southern California.
    Siamraptor, newly discovered dinosaur, was a ‘shark-toothed’ carnivore

    Siamraptor, newly discovered dinosaur, was a ‘shark-toothed’ carnivore

    Sections of the skeleton were found as fossils, including parts of the skull, backbone, limbs, hips and teeth. Siamraptor suwati was a 26-feet long predatory dinosaur that lived in what is now Thailand.
  • Reliable Study Materials (from Practice Tests to Video Tutorials)to Prepare for Microsoft 70-480 Exam

    Make sure you check at least three different learning resources on every topic and go through the study materials several times. However, it is essential to note that the percentage on every topic is the approximate exam question weigh on each of them.
    Huawei Ban is about to be removed

    Huawei Ban is about to be removed

    The timing of the decision is notable, as trade negotiations between the USA and China are set to resume this week in Washington. If Google does get this license, then the Huawei Mate 30 Pro immediately becomes one of the most potent smartphones of 2019.
    Industrial output declines by 1.1% in August

    Industrial output declines by 1.1% in August

    Consumer durables output too declined by 9.1 percent in August 2019 as against 5.5 percent growth in the same month of 2018. The cumulative industrial growth over the April-August period stood at 2.4%.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.