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Justice for Khaleesi Facebook group demanding more answers

Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 6:46 PM EST
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A group called Justice for Khaleesi believes a missing Augusta County 3-year-old is the victim of human trafficking. However, county investigators believe Khaleesi Cuthriell is dead.

The group is accusing Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith of hiding information from the community and not doing enough to find the child. The investigation is ongoing with no new public leads on where the sheriff plans to look for her body.

“Ever since I heard about this story, I can’t sleep at night. She deserves to be found and the people who have harmed her need to be brought to justice. A 3-year-old does not have a voice and we have to be her voice and we have to stick together,” Justice for Khaleesi group member Erin Landes said in front of the federal courthouse in Charlottesville Tuesday, February 22.

The group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to step in and handle the case.

Authorities believe Candi Royer and Travis Brown are responsible for the disappearance of Khaleesi. She was in their custody in the months before her disappearance.

“Our main concern is Khaleesi. It’s not the sheriff, it’s not anyone else, just this 3-year-old little girl,” Justice for Khaleesi group member Crystal Riddle said.

Amina Matheny-Willard, an attorney, dropped off documents that claim a member of the sheriff’s office has ties to the house where Khaleesi was last seen alive.

Sheriff Donald Smith says there is no cover up: “I can tell you that there is absolutely no cover up from the sheriff’s office. That the state police and the FBI have been involved in this case since it first was opened by this office,” the sheriff said.

Smith says he would welcome any additional help the agencies want to provide. He is working with Augusta’s Commonwealth Attorney to bring additional charges against Royer and Brown.

Royer and Brown were extradited from Pennsylvania back to Virginia and are in custody. They will face a grand jury at the end of March.

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