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Aiken County Police: ‘It Is Our Greatest Hope to Find Jamilla’

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Aiken County authorities say the estranged boyfriend of Jamilla Smith kidnapped her on the day the Jackson woman went missing.

Warrants for Daniel Harmon say he kidnapped her on Saturday from her home at 425 Old Jackson Highway, where the couple once shared a home. The residence is where deputies found a window screen that was damaged, the woman’s keys on the ground and a shoeprint on the front door.

Warrants released Wednesday also accuse the 34-year-old suspect of a violent November assault with the victim, strangling her with two hands and obstructing her airway. He caused injuries to her neck in an assault that took place in front of her juvenile child.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said Smith was still considered a missing person.

“Please note that it is our greatest hope to find Jamilla,” he said. “If anyone has any information, we encourage them to contact ACSO at 803-648-6811.”

On Tuesday morning, Harmon was taken into custody at 408 Carpentersville Road. A tipster alerted investigators that the black Dodge Charger was located at that address. Responding deputies found the Charger parked in front of the home. Aiken County SWAT Team and North Augusta Department of Public Safety assisted in the operation to arrest Harmon on his outstanding arrest warrant for domestic violence in the second degree.

Harmon is currently charged with kidnapping and the earlier domestic violence. He is being held without bond at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Smith, 30, is described as a Black female, approximately 5’3” tall, 107 lbs., black hair and brown eyes. Her family has not heard from her since Saturday night. In addition to calling the sheriff’s office, tipsters can also send a message about this case by going to www.aikencountysheriff.net.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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