Arrest made in the murder of a missing mom

December 9, 2009 8:26:12 AM PST
Police have made an arrest for the murder of a missing Queens mother whose body was found in Uniondale, Long Island. The body of 39-year-old Jamaica Smith was found in a boarded-up home at 621 Kruss Street in Uniondale, and the case has been declared a homicide.

Smith had been missing since the day before Thanksgiving, last seen dropping off her 6-year-old daughter at the Laurelton School.

She was supposed to meet her sister at a home they were renovating just four blocks away, but she never showed up. Family members say when she didn't pick up her daughter at the end of the day, they knew it was something serious.

Police say 35-year-old Marvon Jemmot is now charged with her murder.

The two had a child together.

The Nassau County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be strangulation.

Jemmott is charged with second degree murder and will be arraigned today in Hempstead.