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Shantina Smiley's Son Found Dead on Beach, Mother Still Missing (PICTURES)

Detectives have traced Shantina Smiley's path from her home in Silverdale to the far reaches of Thurston County, more than 50 miles north of her destination - her stepfather's house in Castle Rock in Cowlitz County - and far from any road that would have led her there. Anyone with information on Smiley and her son's whereabouts should call Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222 or the Thurston County Sheriff's Office at 360-786-5500. Personal Photo

Azriel Carver (Credit: Personal Photo)
SEATTLE (CBS/AP) The body of 8-year-old Azriel Carver, who vanished with his mother, Shantina Smiley, has washed ashore on an island beach in Puget Sound about 12 miles from where their abandoned minivan was found.

PICTURES: Shantina Smiley and Son Missing

Positive identification of Azriel was based on clothing, the boy's mohawk haircut and "looking at pictures of him," Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said. The body was found Thursday on Fox Island, southwest of Tacoma.

Shantina Smiley (Credit: Personal Photo)
A ground search along the beach turned up no sign of the boy's 29-year-old mother who disappeared with him on Saturday night. She is still missing.

PICTURES: Shantina Smiley and Son Missing

Divers on a boat searched as well and a Coast Guard helicopter and sheriff's office plane flew overhead. That search may resume Friday, depending on weather, Troyer said.

Shantina Smiley and Azriel Carver (Credit: Personal Photo)
Smiley's abandoned minivan, partially submerged with its doors open, was found Sunday on a remote Olympia-area beach about 12 miles south of Fox Island. A wallet containing Smiley's driver's license, and some cash and credit cards, were found in the van.

Thurston County police had been leading the search for the pair since the van was found in their jurisdiction.

PICTURES: Shantina Smiley and Son Missing

Jay Carver, Azriel's father who flew here from Buffalo, N.Y., this week, went to the beach where the boy was found. Troyer said the father was not involved in identifying the body.

"You really don't know what you have in your life until they're gone," Carver told KING-TV. "It's a sad turn of events."

Two mismatched shoes, a partially full and corked wine bottle, an inhaler and an orange ball have washed ashore since the van was found. Mealy said the items apparently belonged to the boy or his mother.

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

Her fiance, Robb Simmons, told authorities she was a recovering alcoholic who had relapsed last week.

"We are grieving the loss of Azriel, and praying for Shantina. We are all severely hurting. We are getting the family together so we can grieve together, and so we can have some sort of peace right now," Simmons told the television station late Thursday.

Mealy said there was no indication that a crime took place inside Smiley's 2005 Dodge Caravan.

The Pierce County medical examiner's office planned an autopsy Friday to determine the cause of death.

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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PICTURES: Shantina Smiley and Son Missing

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  • Edecio Martinez

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