Woman's death after taking cab last year still a mystery - WKRN News 2

Woman's death after taking cab last year still a mystery

Posted: Updated: Feb 19, 2014 08:33 PM

One year ago Wednesday, Livia Smith was enjoying a night with friends at a popular east Nashville bar.
On the early morning of February 20, 2013, Livia was found dead on a street within sight of her home after her friends said she took a yellow-looking cab.
Now one year later, the young woman's death remains a mystery for her family, her wide-circle of friends and police.

"I thought by now the shock would wear off," said Amanda Valentine, who was a close friend of the 32-year-old makeup artist. "I thought by now we would know what happened. I just can't believe how little we know."

Those words are echoed by the two investigators on the case who spoke with News 2 on the east Nashville street where Livia's body was found.

"Once we had figured out she had most likely gotten into a cab and brought down here, we were thinking this was probably pretty easy," said Det. Matt Filter. "We just had to find this cab."

However, the cab has yet to be located.

Detective Filter and Officer Don Davidson of the Metro Police Department found logs from taxi companies lacking no GPS records or even any word from drivers in the cab community of ever picking up Smith on that chilly February night.

"As far as pointing fingers or someone saying, 'I heard it was so and so, or maybe so and so was involved,' you just did not hear that," said Davidson said. "Just the lack of anything kind of shocked me."

Detective Filter added, "It has really surprised me the lack of information that we have gotten."

The only thing investigators know for sure is that Smith struck the back of her head on the pavement after either falling or getting pushed.

No one saw what happened on that street.

A motorist a half block away noticed something in the road about 4 a.m.  He thought it was an animal.

Police were soon called.

Now one year later, investigators are making an appeal.
They feel there is someone out there who knows more about Smith's last hours.

They want that someone to remember she was a daughter, a sister and a friend whose life was cut so short.

"We just keep appealing to someone to speak up and give us some kind of information to give the family closure," said Davidson.

"You never know when one little thing will help us out to figure out what happened," said Det. Filter.

Amanda Valentine has some other words for her close friend that she unexpectedly lost.

"I want everyone to know what a thoughtful, loving, hilarious, vibrant, talented and beautiful woman she was," Valentine told News 2.  "She was absolutely one in a million. I miss her and think about her every single day."

Anyone with information on Livia Smith's death is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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