Shantina Smiley Still Missing Days After Son's Body Found

Shantina Smiley and Aziel Carver (Credit: Personal Photo)
SEATTLE (CBS/AP) Four days after Azriel Carver's body was found on an island beach in Puget Sound, police have still found no sign of his missing mother, Shantina Smiley.

PICTURES: Shantina Smiley and Son Missing

Thurston County had a boat in the water Friday looking for the 29-year-old mother from Silverdale. She and her 8-year-old son were last seen on March 13, and her partially submerged minivan was found the next day on a remote south Puget Sound beach.

Shantina Smiley (Credit: Personal Photo)
Azriel's body was discovered by a walker last Thursday on Fox Island, southwest of Tacoma and about 18 miles north by water from where the van was found.

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday afternoon that a search plane was sent up to look for Smiley in the general area where her son's body was found.

PICTURES: Shantina Smiley and Son Missing

An autopsy Friday positively identified the boy, determined he had drowned and that his death was an accident.

Thurston County authorities have led the search since the van was found in their jurisdiction, but Pierce County became involved once the boy's body was found in that county.

Smiley was heading from her home in Silverdale to her stepfather's house in southwest Washington when she and her son vanished. Silverdale is about 16 miles west of Seattle, across Puget Sound.

Besides searching the area, investigators have looked at phone records and talked to people who know Smiley or her son or may have seen them Saturday night. Her fiance, Robb Simmons, told authorities she was a recovering alcoholic who had relapsed two weeks ago.

Anyone with information on Smiley's whereabouts should call Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222 or the Thurston County Sheriff's Office at 360-786-5500.

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