Remains Identified As 2 Infants, Person Of Interest Named

Smith, Bridgette Morgan - 04-21-16Smithfield Police have confirmed human remains found under a West Smithfield home last Saturday are those of two infants.  A resident at 102 Hartley Drive was running a cable under their home when they located two plastic trash bags near the crawlspace door.  The person opened the bags and discovered the remains wrapped in towels.

Pamela McBridge, who leased the home on Hartley Drive, said her 40 year-old daughter, Bridgette Morgan Smith, has been pregnant approximately 10 times but only knew the whereabouts of 3 of the children. McBridge said she has custody of two of her grandchildren, ages 8 months and 7 years of age.

In a press release late Wednesday, Police Captain R.K. Powell confirmed officers would like to speak with Smith (pictured right) about the remains. “The Smithfield Police Department would like to speak with her and ask for her assistance by providing any information that might help in determining the identification of these two infants.”

Smith is described as a white female, 5 foot 8, with hazel eyes and brown hair.  She is described as a person of interest in the case.  She may be in the company of Christopher Warner, a 35 year-old white male, 6 foot tall, 140 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

A posting by a family friend on social media indicates Smith could be anywhere between Smithfield and Nicholas County, West Virginia. The friend said family members have no idea where Smith is but want her to turn herself in.

“The nature of this case is very tragic and the subsequent investigation will take time and cooperation to complete properly,” Captain Powell said in the release. “The police department is asking for the public and media to have patience in order for a thorough investigation to be completed. Please give the residents and their family members at 102 Hartley Drive the courtesy of respecting their privacy, as the investigators sort through the information made available.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bridgette Morgan Smith is asked to contact the Detective Sgt. R.D. Wood at 919-989-1075 or the Smithfield Police Tip Line at 919-989-8835.  Callers with information can remain anonymous.

Police are being assisted in the investigation by the NC SBI and Johnston County District’s Attorney Office.