Amelia Martinez Smith

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Above: Smith, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 3, 2000 from Weatherford, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 15, 1948
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 111 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Smith wears eyeglasses. Her ears are pierced. Smith's nickname is Amy.
  • Medical Conditions: Smith has been diagnosed with non-contagious tuberculosis.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Smith was employed at a taxi company in Irving, Texas in 2000. She departed from the business after her shift ended at 10:00 p.m. on February 3, 2000. Authorities believe that Smith drove to her trailer home in Weatherford, Texas alone shortly afterwards. Smith's husband was visiting his mother at the time, and their children were not at the residence either.

    Neighbors reported that her trailer home was on fire at approximately 4:00 a.m. the following morning. By the time authorities arrived at the residence, it was fully engulfed in flames. Investigators discovered that someone also attempted to set fire to the interior of Smith's vehicle, which was located near her home. She resided alone at the time and authorities were unable to discover evidence suggesting she was a victim of the fire. Smith has never been heard from again. Investigators believe that an arsonist was responsible for the fire at her residence. An extensive search of the surrounding areas produced no clues as to her whereabouts.

    Jeffrey Allan Maxwell is considered a possible suspect in Smith's disappearance. In March 2011, he was charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 62-year-old woman. The woman went missing after her house burned down, and was found thirteen days later in a secret compartment in Jeffrey's home. She'd been bound, raped and tortured. A photo of Jeffrey is posted below this case summary. Authorities haven't found any evidence that he knew Smith, but her disappearance was remarkably similar to the 2011 kidnapping. He has long been a suspect in the 1992 disappearance of his wife, Martha, who was never found.

    Her husband stated Smith is deeply religious and a responsible person who would not have abandoned her children. Foul play is suspected in Smith's case, which remains unsolved.

    Jeffrey Maxwell
    Above: Jeffrey Allan Maxwell

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Parker County Sheriff's Office
    817-594-8845

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The Associated Press
    The Houston Chronicle
    The Laredo Morning Times
    The Dallas Morning News

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 22, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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