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Killings of two men in Alabama focus new attention on case of missing Crestview woman

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW — The arrest of Antwan Montrex Smith on charges of fatally shooting two men in Alabama provided no comfort to Shelia Knight, whose daughter, Calandra Stallworth, went missing more than three years ago.

Smith was the last person seen with Stallworth, and was arrested soon after her disappearance while driving her car.

"It's rough. I'm in shock," Knight said Wednesday. "I just can't believe he did something like that to those men. Did he do the same thing to my girl?"

A photograph of Calandra Stallworth was displayed at a family gathering in 2019 in Crestview to remember and bring awareness of her disappearance.

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Crestview Police Department Investigator Josh Grace was among those in attendance at a Tuesday press conference in Baldwin County, Ala., where it was announced Smith had been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Ryan Frazier and Joshua Carroll.

Calandra Stallworth

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Smith, 37, had met with the two utility linemen to conduct a drug transaction, but "did not follow up on his part of the bargain," Crime Unit Lt. Andre Reed told the assembled media. Smith shot both men multiple times during an altercation that began in Frazier's vehicle and spilled onto the roadway, Reed said. 

Antwan Montrex Smith's 2018 mugshot at the Escambia County Jail.

Their bodies were discovered Friday at the side of Baldwin County Road 95. 

Grace confirmed at the press conference that the Crestview Police Department considers Smith a person of interest in Stallworth's disappearance. He said the two had been dating for some time when she went missing in March 2017, and that Stallworth had been last seen with Smith "leaving her place of employment."

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He said those who reported the disappearance informed police that Smith and Stallworth could be together.

Reports from the time state Stallworth, who was 30 then, dropped off her two teenage daughters at Knight's home on the day she disappeared and headed to work at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort.

Calandra Stallworth's family and friends had a balloon release and candlelight ceremony in her honor in March 2019 in Crestview. She has been missing since March 2017.

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Crestview police say Smith picked her up from the job. 

"He was the last person she was with, I know that," Knight said.

When the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office caught up to him on April 2, 2017, Smith was driving Stallworth's car with another woman as his passenger.

After executing a traffic stop,deputies arrested Smith on drug and weapons charges unrelated to Stallworth's disappearance.

"He didn't reveal any information" about the disappearance during his arrest, according to Crestview Police Maj. Andrew Schneider. "He wasn't very cooperative." 

Smith served two years in prison on the charges levied against him at the time he was taken into custody. It appears he took up residence in Pensacola following his release.

Crestview police continue to consider Smith the primary suspect in the Stallworth case, Schneider said, but need more evidence to file formal charges. 

City investigators expect to question him again about Stallworth's disappearance, but Schneider said that likely won't happen until Baldwin County authorities have finished building their case against him.

Antwon Montrex Smith, as listed on the Okaloosa County Jail website. Smith was Calandra Stallworth's boyfriend

With Smith behind bars and facing permanent incarceration, authorities, along with Knight, say they are hoping someone with knowledge about what happened to Stallworth will come forward.

"I just hope someone comes forward and has some information, someone who knows what he did with her," Knight said. "He may talk and he may never talk. We're hoping if he doesn't, somebody else will.

"We're hoping someone can help bring us some peace."