Chief: Family Member Arrested in Autistic Boy Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) - Police say a 16-year-old family member has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the case of a missing 11-year-old autistic boy in Southern California.

Menifee police Chief John Hill said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that a human body that matched the description of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. was found partially exposed in a shallow grave on the family property.

Hill says the death was the result of a domestic issue at the house.

The body has not yet been positively identified.

Terry has been missing from his Menifee, Calif., home since Saturday, and hundreds of volunteers have helped search for him.


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