West Virginia State Police Sergeant Herby Barlow said Newsome's vehicle left the highway and hit a guardrail on Allegheny Mountain, about a mile and a half into the West Virginia border. A search warrant has been filed to check her vehicle, police there were waiting for the arrival of Jacksonville Sherifff's Office detectives before enforcing the warrant. Troopers found Newsome and her daughter's body 150 yards away from the roadway.
The Pocahontas Times stated in an article that Newsome asked to speak to the police and stated that she had killed her daughter and was also abusive to her. "The child was placed in the vehicle early Saturday morning and she headed toward Buffalo, New York".
"Something pushed her over the edge and she snapped", he told News 4 Jax.
Witnesses driving along the same road say they saw the driver, 37-year-old Erica Newsome of Jacksonville, Florida, dragging her daughter's body into the woods.
According to Plummer, the Mother, Erica Newsome told him that Kaye-Lea and Newsome were on the way to see him in Buffalo, New York.
A crime scene was discovered at Newsome's home in Jacksonville soon after her arrest in West Virginia according to Florida authorities.
Plummer said the couple married in 2007 and separated two years later.
Authorities got a call around 11:20 a.m. from the shocked tourists, which prompted West Virginia State Police to visit the scene near the Virginia border.
Newsome was reportedly en route to where the girl's father and Newsome's estranged husband, Donath Plummerm, lives in Buffalo, N.Y.
Newsome said she was having problems with her auto and did not want to travel on interstates, which is how she ended up in Thornwood, Barlow said. Investigators showed up at the Rite Aid on Delaware Avenue Sunday night as Plummer was working to tell him the news.
On Sunday, police came to his workplace with news that his daughter was dead, he said.
"She just always brought a smile to my face, no matter how I was feeling". "Something is very, very wrong", Plummer said. I don't know how this could have happened. "I can't imagine what she actually went through".