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Jordan Isaiah Thomas charged for allegedly killing North Carolina college student Amarriah Smith, stuffing her body inside car trunk

A North Carolina man in custody on suspicion of murdering a female college student and stuffing her body in the trunk of his car was discovered by a tow truck driver who pulled up the abandoned vehicle.

Jordan Isaiah Thomas, 39, was charged Monday with the murder of 19-year-old Elizabeth City State University student Amalia Smith. North Carolina Bureau of Investigation.

Smith's body was discovered five days ago in Thomas' car, which was towed from a private parking lot in Washington, 160 miles east of Raleigh.

Jordan Isaiah Thomas allegedly murdered a female college student and stuffed her body in the trunk of his car. Chowan County Sheriff's Office

After abandoning the vehicle, Thomas allegedly stole another truck parked nearby and fled to a local hospital, where he was arrested.

Police believe Thomas killed Smith at another location, which has not yet been determined, but evidence was found at his home in Edenton, 80 miles from where he allegedly dumped Smith's body. It's 30 miles away from the school Smith attended.

The cause of death and their relationship have not yet been released, but police said Thomas and Smith knew each other.

Amalia Smith, 19, was a student at Elizabeth City State University. Facebook/Amalia Smith

A few days before Smith died, he wrote coldly on Facebook.: “Everything that comes to you isn't necessarily meant for you. Keep your eyes on the prize.”

Smith was a sophomore at Elizabeth City State University studying to become an elementary school teacher, according to her family.

The historically black public institution mourned the student's death this week.

Smith was studying elementary education. Facebook/Amalia Smith

“Her untimely death, which occurred off-campus, saddens our community,” ECSU President Dr. Carrie Dixon said in a statement.

“Please keep Amalia's family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Thomas is being held without bail at the Chowan County Detention Center.

He is also charged with auto theft and concealing the death of a person.