Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Murder of Jayla Thomas-Smith

21 year-old Jayla Thomas-Smith

On the afternoon of February 24th, 2019, police in Greenville, South Carolina were alerted about a single-car crash along Piedmont Highway. Troopers arrived on the scene (pictured below) and found the body of 21 year-old Jayla Thomas-Smith dead inside the vehicle. It was originally believed that Jayla died as a result of the car accident, however upon closer examination, it was determined that Jayla had actually been shot to death. At that point, the investigation into her death turned into a homicide case.

The car crash scene
At this time, no suspects or persons of interest have been announced in Jayla’s case. Jayla’s family members believe that Jayla planned to meet up with somebody that day, but they do not know who she planned to meet. Jayla’s aunt told reporters, “Where they found her at, that’s not a place that she would go to. It didn’t make any sense for her to be out there underneath a billboard, literally almost under a ditch.” Jayla’s aunt asked for her identity not to be revealed, as she is fearful of Jayla’s killer, who is still on the loose.

The Greenville County Police are investigating Jayla’s murder. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact investigators at (864) 271-5210.
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UPDATE: In April 2019, 20-year-old Deltravious Daquandra Howard was arrested and charged with murder in Jayla's case. His brother, Delgardo Daquan Howard was arrested for lying to police about the case. Investigators state that Deltravious shot Jayla during a domestic dispute before abandoning her body in the vehicle. Both men remain behind bars as the cases are pending.
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