(Orange, Texas)

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April 16, 2013

OC man charged with death of woman found in Sabine Lake

PORT ARTHUR — An Orange County man is being held in the Netherlands on immigration violations and a murder warrant related to the homicide of a Vidor woman whose body was discovered in Sabine Lake in December.

On Dec. 6, 2012, the body of 26-year-old Amber Guillory was discovered floating about three feet from the shore in Sabine Lake near the North Levee Road. The woman was wearing pajama bottoms and a black and white hoodie top and jewelry when located.

Port Arthur Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Orange Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation in which many witnesses were interviewed and places searched, according to a press release from PAPD Major Raymond Clark.

Police identified David Carl Smith, 37, of Orange County as a suspect.

Police believe that on or around Dec. 6, 2012, Smith caused the death of Guillory at a motel on Orange County then transported Guillory’s body to Pleasure Island where he dumped the body in the lake, according to the press release.

Detectives presented a probable cause affidavit to Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 on April 2 and a subsequent arrest warrant was issued by the magistrate off the court.

A subsequent manhunt was initiated and on April 16 Smith was taken into custody in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

He is currently being held on immigration violations and the murder warrant in the Netherlands. The exact details of his return was still being arranged through the state department and are pending.

A press conference will be held Wednesday morning at the police station in Port Arthur.

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