CRESTVIEW — The arrest of Antwan Montrex Smith on charges of fatally shooting two men in Alabama provided no comfort to Shelia Knight, whose daughter, Calandra Stallworth, went missing more than three years ago.
Smith was the last person seen with Stallworth, and was arrested soon after her disappearance while driving her car.
“It’s rough. I’m in shock,” Knight said Wednesday. “I just can’t believe he did something like that to those men. Did he do the same thing to my girl?”
Crestview Police Department Investigator Josh Grace was among those in attendance at a Tuesday press conference in Baldwin County, Ala., where it was announced Smith had been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Ryan Frazier and Joshua Carroll.
Smith, 37, had met with the two utility linemen to conduct a drug transaction, but “did not follow up on his part of the bargain,” Crime Unit Lt. Andre Reed told the assembled media. Smith shot both men multiple times during an altercation that began in Frazier’s vehicle and spilled onto the roadway, Reed said.
Their bodies were discovered Friday at the side of Baldwin County Road 95.
Grace confirmed at the press conference that the Crestview Police Department considers Smith a person of interest in Stallworth’s disappearance. He said the two had been dating for some time when she went missing in March 2017, and that Stallworth had been last seen with Smith “leaving her place of employment.”
He said those who reported the disappearance informed police that Smith and Stallworth could be together.
Reports from the time state Stallworth, who was 30 then, dropped off her two teenage daughters at Knight’s home on the day she disappeared and headed to work at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort.
Crestview police say Smith picked her up from the job.
“He was the last person she was with, I know that,” Knight said.
When the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office caught up to him on April 2, 2017, Smith was driving Stallworth’s car with another woman as his passenger.
After executing a traffic stop,deputies arrested Smith on drug and weapons charges unrelated to Stallworth’s disappearance.
Killings of two men in Alabama focus new attention on case of missing Crestview woman
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