Aryan Smith

Aryan Vito Smith was arrested on May 11, 2020 and charged in the February 5, 2018 murder of 22-year-old Treeanna Nichols in Westminster, California.

Nichols was staying at the Quality Inn in Westminster when she was killed in her room. At around 3:00 pm, video surveillance footage shows a man in a hoodie walking up the stairs, and then leaving soon after. He was seen vaping a substance.

Nichols’s body was found a short time later during a welfare check. She had been stabbed multiple times.

The FGG investigation was conducted by Parabon Nanolabs. The case received an important break in April of 2020, when a distant relative of Smith uploaded their DNA to GEDmatch. A search warrant was issued to obtain Smith’s DNA.

Smith is charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon. The case against him is pending in Orange County Superior Court.


Fausto, Alma. “Man Charged in 2018 Death of Pasadena Woman Who Was Found Stabbed in Westminster Motel.” Orange County Register, May 11, 2020. Accessed December 27, 2020.

Peralta, Jessica. “Westminster Police Department Releases Suspect Photos and Video in Connection with Feb. 5 Hotel Homicide, Seeks Information.” Behind the Badge, March 15, 2018. Accessed December 27, 2020.,was%20murdered%20February%205%2C%202018.

Zint, Bradley. “Westminster Police Make Arrest in 2018 Murder Case Thanks to First-Ever Use of DNA Company.” Behind the Badge, November 11, 2020. Accessed December 27, 2020.



First Name Aryan
Last Name Smith
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2020-05-11
IGG Org Parabon


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1362 Treeanna Nichols 22 2018-02-05 Westminster, CA Westminster PD Second degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Orange CO SUP CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.