An Alaska resident found a male-related SD card lying on the street at the end of September and discovered horrible content inside: photos and videos of a woman who appeared to be attacked and murdered.
This week, Brian Smith, 48, was charged with first-degree murder in the case, the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
The memory card, which was labeled "murder of the midtown Marriott," was given to police by the woman who found it, loaded documents obtained by NBC affiliate KTUU in Anchorage showed. It had 39 images and 1
The graphic videos show a woman being choked and a man's voice saying "just … die," the Associated Press reported.
Police were able to identify Smith, a native of South Africa, from the video after knowing him from a separate, unspecified investigation, in part because of his accent.
After human remains were found along a freeway just south of Anchorage two days after the memory card was found, police were able to begin assembling pieces.
Cellphone records track Smith to have been at the site where the remains were found within minutes of the last photo on the SD card being taken, police documents describe.
The Anchorage Police believe that the human remains belong to the woman seen on the memory card, and the medical examiner is working to confirm the connection and cause of death.
Police did not say why the SD card was in the street, but they believe Smith recorded the images himself, according to the AP.
Smith remained in jail on Wednesday where he is being held on an outstanding decision. Police said they will release the name of the deceased woman once her identity has been confirmed and the family has been notified.