Leonard Road Murder Victim Identified as Amanda Kay Smith of Salisbury. Pair, Arrested near Myrtle Beach, Face Murder Charges

Posted on June 20, 2016

RFP Staff

♦ The murder victim, found partially burned on the side of the road of 3000 block of Leonard Road in Northern Rowan County, has now been identified as Amanda Kay Smith, 33, of 245 Honeysuckle Lane in Salisbury. The woman’s tattoos assisted the N.C. Medical Examiners in her identification. Smith is survived by a six year-old son and her parents who live in Lenoir, N.C. 

Arrested near Myrtle Beach, Horry County, S.C. for the alleged murder of Amanda Kay Smith were Timothy Clarence Smith, Jr., 30, of Kannapolis and Stephanie Dawn Hall, 30, Salisbury.  The two suspects in custody face charges of murder (first degree, robbery, and arson (second degree) and are expected to be transported back to Rowan County unless they decide to fight extradition from South Carolina.

On Friday Amanda Kay Smith’s mobile home on Honeysuckle Road was destroyed by an alleged arson.  The torching of Smith’s home occurred close to the time her body showed up on Leonard Road and a link between the arson and the murder were made by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office detectives. However, the RFP has recently learned from law enforcement sources that Amanda Kay Smith’s partially burned corpse was left out on the road prior to her home being burned.

Amanda Kay Smith was last seen at an undisclosed Salisbury location with Timothy Clarence Smith and Stephanie Dawn Hall. The pair were eventually arrested in an alleged stolen car after wrecking it in Horry County after Horry County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to bring them to justice. The pair was arrested Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The victim allegedly knew her two killers.

At this time no motive or method of killing has been revealed.

The murder victim Amanda Kay Smith of Salisbury:

Timothy Clarence Smith, Jr.:

Stephanie Dawn Hall:

Timothy Clarence Smith’s Previous Record:


Stephanie Dawn Hall’s Previous Record:


If you have information about this crime please contact Lt. Chad Moose at (704-216-8687 or Sgt. Carl Dangerfield 704-216-8683.

The June 17th RFP Article: “Burned Female Corpse Dumped on the Side of the Road in Northern Rowan County. Case Being Treated as a Homicide”

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday 911 dispatch received a call from a driver on the 3000 block of Leonard Road near Bluebird Lane and the upper region of High Rock Lake in Northern Rowan. The driver reported a female body was sprawled on a grassy shoulder of Leonard Road.

When Sheriff’s Office deputies and Miller’s Ferry Fire Department arrived, they came upon an unidentified female and attempted to render assistance. The woman was dead and showed signs of being badly burned. It was yet to be determined if she died on Leonard Road or elsewhere. It is also unknown how the woman was killed.

The crime scene was being treated as a homicide. Yellow crime scene tape stretched between two Sheriff’s office vehicles on Leonard Road and shutdown traffic until 11 a.m. The investigation continued most of the morning with detectives knocking on doors and speaking with neighbors.

The woman’s identity may be revealed by her tattoos. Because of the extent of her burns it is difficult to determine her ethnicity. She was sent to the medical examiner this morning in Raleigh in hopes of being medically able to determine her identity.

A long stretch of 3000 Leonard Road:

3000 Leonard Rd

**This article will be updated as more information arrives throughout the day.**

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