UPDATE: Fugitive Leticia Smith from ‘In Pursuit With John Walsh’ Captured In Mexico

Authorities confirm former fugitive, Leticia Smith was extradited from Mexico to California. Smith will face charges for allegedly killing her husband, Antione Smith.

March 23, 2022
Leticia Smith [San Bernadino Sheriff's Facebook page]

Leticia Smith [San Bernadino Sheriff's Facebook page]

Leticia Smith [San Bernadino Sheriff's Facebook page]

By: Michelle Sigona

UPDATE 03/23/2022

Investigators confirm to ID's "In Pursuit with John Walsh," Leticia Smith, 40, is currently behind bars in the United States. The former fugitive, who fled after allegedly murdering her husband, was on the run since May 2015.

Investigators said they were called to the family home after 35-year-old Antoine Smith had not reported to work for several days. According to a police press release, "Friends and co-workers became increasingly concerned after they received text messages from Antoine’s cellphone number, which were not consistent with Antoine’s messaging style. On May 11, 2015, a missing person report was filed with the Victorville Sheriff’s Station."

Antoine, the victim of a homicide, was found shot multiple times, the release adds. Detectives soon learned his wife, Leticia Smith, allegedly took off with the couple's two young daughters, ages 4 and 8 at the time.

Officials with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirm Smith is behind bars after her arrest in Rosarita, Mexico. According to People, Smith’s bond is set at $2 million and she has a court appearance scheduled for April 4, 2022.

The official motive for the murder has not been released.

ORIGINAL POST 02/06/2019
Wife Charged With Husband's Murder, On The Run With 2 Daughters

VICTORVILLE, CA — On May 12, 2015, authorities were called to a home in Victorville to perform a check on one of the residents inside. Deputies say 35-year-old Antione Smith had missed several days of work and had not been heard from by anyone.

When authorities entered the house around 8 P.M., they located Antione — but he was deceased. According to a press release, he was found dead in his bedroom and they believe he was a victim of a homicide. The suspect in the murder was later identified as Antoine’s wife, Leticia Smith. The couple had worked together on a military base.

NBC Los Angeles said according to Leticia’s mother, who did not want to be identified, her daughter felt trapped in her marriage and was unhappy with Antoine. The official motive for the murder has not been revealed by the sheriff's department.

A neighbor told the news station the last time they saw Antoine alive, he was arguing with his wife. Another neighbor, identified as Osvaldo Macias, told CBS, “We heard like a shotgun blast go off.”

Investigators say Leticia Smith left the home with their two young daughters, four-year-old Abigail and eight-year-old Isabell. The family was traveling in a 2010 silver four-door Honda Accord with license plate 7FBT742.

Leticia Smith is considered armed and dangerous.

Younger Isabell Smith and her age-enhanced image [NCMEC]

Younger Isabell Smith and her age-enhanced image [NCMEC]

Younger Abigail Smith and her age-enhanced image [NCMEC]

Younger Abigail Smith and her age-enhanced image [NCMEC]

TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS:

Leticia Smith:

  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Age: Around 36-years-old
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Last seen: Around May 4 or 5, 2015
  • Location: Victorville, CA

Isabell Smith:

  • Weight: 65 pounds
  • Height: 3 feet 6 inches
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Biracial
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Date of birth: November 7, 2005
  • Missing from: Victorville, CA
  • Missing since: May 11, 2015

Abigail Smith:

  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Height: 3 feet tall
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Biracial
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Date of birth: May 18, 2011
  • Missing from: Victorville, CA
  • Missing since: May 11, 2015

If you know anything about this case, please contact our hotline (833-3-PURSUE) or submit a tip online.

For more on this case, watch the “Crocodile Tears” episode of In Pursuit With John Walsh on Wednesday, February 6 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery! Or catch up on ID GO.

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