“They appeared to be down on their luck and he could help them out.”
After spending a couple hours inside the Wal-Mart together, Smith offered to buy hamburgers and walked with Charish to the front of the store, Williams said.
Instead of stopping to buy the snack, Smith walked Charish outside and the two of them got into his van, Williams said.
The girl’s mother called 911 when she realized Charish and Smith were missing. An Amber Alert was issued, and a tip about a suspicious van spotted in the woods near a church led investigators to Charish’s body Saturday morning.