Police Suspect It Could Be Missing Azriel Carver
A child’s body has washed not far from where a young woman and her son disappeared over the weekend, and officials believe it is the missing 8-year-old boy.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer said the clothing on the body matches that of 8-year-old Azriel Carver, who went missing with his mother, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO News in Seattle, Wash.
“The clothing and the T-shirt match up,” Troyer said.
The search for Smiley and Carver had taken an ominous turn when an area resident found debris along the edge of the pond where Smiley’s partially submerged van was discovered on Sunday.
The find included mismatched leather shoes, an inhaler, an orange ball and a half empty bottle of wine with the cork in it.
Medical Examiner Confirms Body Is That Of Missing Boy
FOX ISLAND, Wash. — The body of a boy that washed ashore on a Fox Island beach Thursday is that of a missing 8-year-old child who disappeared with his mother over the weekend, the medical examiner says.The father of 8-year-old Azriel Carver has been told his son is dead, authorities told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.Azriel disappeared on Saturday with his mother, 29-year-old Shantina Smiley.
The body was discovered about 12 miles from an Olympia beach where Smiley’s van was found partially submerged on Sunday.The discovery caused authorities to focus their search for Smiley near Fox Island, where a Coast Guard helicopter orbited overhead Thursday afternoon.KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Kevin McCarty said the body of the child was found on the beach by first a child and then an adult in a remote area near Paiute Trail at 11th Avenue on the southwestern corner of the island.
Police said there was a T-shirt up around the boy’s head.Due to the remote location, a Tacoma police boat took officers to the scene. The body is being recovered by the Pierce County sheriff’s boat Reliance, McCarty said.On Saturday, Smiley had been driving Azriel in a van from their home in Silverdale to visit relatives in Castle Rock, where she grew up.Since then, they have been the subjects of an intense search.Investigators said Smiley and her son left Silverdale at about 5 p.m. on Saturday and that surveillance video showed the two at a West Olympia mini-mart at 7:50 p.m. She told clerks there that she was lost and video showed her looking at a map of downtown Olympia.Surveillance video later obtained from the store showed Smiley buying a jug of wine with her son by her side. Her finance said Smiley was a recovering alcoholic who had a recent relapse.Her next known stop was the Martin Way Diner on Fourth Avenue East in Olympia. She stopped there at about 9 p.m., ordered food, but left without taking it. Workers said she appeared to have trouble staying awake and she fell in the parking lot.Smiley was then traced to a grocery store in Boston Harbor at 9:50 p.m. and then she stopped at the home of Dennis Williams in the 1400 block of 46th Avenue Northeast at about 10 p.m.
On Sunday morning, a homeowner near the beach called 911 when he saw a van partially submerged in the water of Dana Passage. Sheriff’s investigators said somehow the Dodge Caravan ended up in the water with its doors open. To get there, investigators said, the driver had to take a dead-end road, go down a winding driveway and onto the beach.Police on Wednesday confirmed to KIRO 7 that a wine bottle like the one Smiley purchased was found washed up on the beach overnight. It was capped, unbroken and half empty.
The shores of Fox Island, where the body of what appears to be a boy washed up.
Also found on the beach were two mismatched leather shoes, an inhaler that may have belonged to Azriel, a baseball and water bottles. The items may have come from the van.On Thursday, authorities said one of the shoes and other items found most likely belonged to Smiley.Dana Passage is about 12 miles from Fox Island.
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