Gadsden nurse death investigation continues - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Gadsden nurse death investigation continues

By Alan Collins

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Gadsden police are still holding a person of interest in the murder of a nurse from Attalla.

The body of Carla Smith, 42, was discovered Monday in the trunk of her car. On Tuesday, Gadsden Police told FOX6 News an unnamed person of interest had been taken into custody, but as of Thursday afternoon, no charges had been filed in the case.

Family and friends began searching Monday for Smith, 42, when she didn't show up for work at Riverview Regional Medical Center.  Police began a search and later found her body in the trunk of her Jaguar parked in a lot on Brooke Avenue.

Smith was a nursing supervisor over the emergency room at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Colleagues said she was considered a rising star by the hospital and the medical community.

"All the people at the hospital were speaking positively about her, never heard any negative comments," said Dr. Bill Hartzog.

News of the murder has been the talk of the town in Gadsden and around her home in nearby Attalla.

"It's a tragedy and it's such a shock it would happen here locally," said Kay Hendrix. "It saddens us someone would be murdered."

"It was awful," said Judith Crane. "I didn't know the lady. It was a horrible thing to find out."

"I couldn't believe it," said Garlon Griffith, a neighbor. "My wife spoke to her Halloween night, then she came up dead. She was the type of person who would do anything for you. She loved kids, she loved her grandkids."

Smith's husband, 53-year-old Tommy Smith, was being held Thursday in the Etowah County Jail for unknown reasons. Police said he was arrested shortly after the crime but would not say why he was being held.

Police did say the person of interest they were holding in the case would either have to be charged by Friday afternoon or released.

Visitation for Carla Smith will be held Friday at the Morgan Funeral Home in Attalla from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a graveside service following immediately afterward.

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