Possible clues found at shore near where woman, 8-year-old son disappeared

The OlympianMarch 17, 2010 

  • Whom to call

    The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about Shantina “Kat” Smiley and Azriel J. Carver’s whereabouts to call 360-786-5500, Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222, or 911.

Thurston County sheriff's deputies had resumed the search for missing mother Shantina Smiley and her 8-year-old son as of Wednesday afternoon, said sheriff's Lt. Chris Mealy.

Mealy said a boat is searching the area of Little Fishtrap, near where Smiley's minivan was found abandoned and waterlogged on a rocky beach Sunday morning. A bloodhound also is in the boat, to pick up a scent if the mother and son were in the water, Mealy said.

Dogs are also searching the roads in the immediate area of Little Fishtrap - off of Zangle Road in the Boston Harbor area, if the mother and son left the area on foot, Mealy said.

Smiley and her son, Azriel Carver, were on their way to Castle Rock from Silverdale to meet with Smiley's stepfather Saturday night, but never arrived at their destination. Surveillance video from local stores show that they were in the Olympia area near Boston Harbor Saturday night. They were last seen by a couple at a home off of Boston Harbor Road at around 10 p.m. Saturday night, when they stopped to use a phone and ask for directions back to the freeway. Smiley had forgot to bring her cell phone with her for the trip.

In another development today, Mealy said someone in the area of Little Fishtrap recovered several items that washed up on the beach overnight Tuesday. The items include a half-full and corked wine bottle, an inhaler, an orange ball, and two mismatched leather shoes. Mealy said one of the shoes could be a child's shoe. He said Smiley purchased a bottle of wine at the Handy Pantry in west Olympia, but investigators aren't sure if the recovered bottle is the same one.

Mealy said investigators are trying to contact Smiley's fiancé, Robb Simmons, to see if he can tell whether any of the items belonged to Smiley or her son.

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