Search for Small’s killer continues

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — Police remain hopeful that the man who killed Chelsea Ann Small will soon be identified, charged and brought to justice.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said investigators continued last week to review surveillance footage of the Nov. 12 robbery attempt at Advance America, 8229 Telegraph. Police responded to the alarm shortly after noon, and on arrival found Small, 30, who had been fatally shot several times.

Small, a clerk at the cash-advance store, was described by her mother, Debi Kamin, as a “phenomenal person,” a hard-working mother of two determined to make the most out of life. Kamin said at a press conference that she believes her daughter may have known her killer.

Sclabassi said that all avenues were being explored, and that more than $25,000 in reward money has been offered for information leading to identification and prosecution of the killer, a white male, approximately 35 to 50 years old, medium to heavy build with dark, bushy hair. Store cameras captured images of the man, wearing a blue, waist-length jacket, white shirt, black pants and a baseball cap, in what appeared to be a robbery.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the store.

Police believe that Small was alone in the store — which provides cash-advance services — at the time. Customers must be admitted into the store by a buzzer-lock system activated by employees.

Representatives from Advance America announced the reward and establishment of the Chelsea Small Memorial Fund, donations to which may be made through 5/3 Bank.

Anyone with information is asked to call Taylor police at 734-287-6611 or CrimeStoppers at 800-SPEAK-UP.

(James Mitchell can be reached at