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UPDATED: Autopsy finds Silverdale boy drowned, plane looks for missing mother

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 19, 2010 at 9:40 am |
March 19, 2010 2:08 pm

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that an 8-year-old Silverdale boy found dead Thursday drowned.

Azriel Carver’s death has been ruled an accident. The boy’s identity also was confirmed during the autopsy.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cheryl Stines said, “there’s no signs of violence to the body.” She would not elaborate.

Azriel and his mother went missing Saturday night. A woman walking her dog discovered Azriel’s body Thursday afternoon on the southern edge of Fox Island.

A search plane has taken off for Thun Field to look for Shantina “Kat” Smiley, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said this afternoon. The plane will look around Point Fosdick, part of the Narrows, Fox Island area and the shoreline.

“The tides down so we’re going to get our best view now,” Troyer said.

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The search could resume later today for a missing Silverdale mother, who was last seen Saturday night with her son in the Olympia area.

Investigators found a body on a Fox Island beach Thursday afternoon that’s believed to be her 8-year-old son, Azriel Carver. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy this morning to confirm his identity, determine how and why he died.

After the discovery, law enforcement aircraft and boatsĀ  searched the waters off Fox Island for any sign of Azriel’s mother, Shantina “Kat” Smiley. Deputies also walked the beaches but found nothing.

The tide has been in this morning. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said crews will evaluate what to do next when the tide goes out.

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