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Updates on the investigation into the death of an 11-year-old Riverside County boy

Slain Menifee Boy's Remains Officially Identified

The body of Terry Smith Jr. was found near his home July 10 after a massive search



    Slain Menifee Boy's Remains Officially Identified
    Terry Dewayne Smith, an 11-year-old autistic boy, went missing from his home Saturday night or Sunday morning, prompting a search of an area that failed to locate him, authorities said.

    Terry Smith Jr., the 11-year-old boy whose body was found last month near his Menifee home after a massive search, was officially identified, coroner's officials confirmed on Thursday.

    DNA confirmed Terry's identifty, said Sgt. Ruben Escobar, of the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

    TERRY SMITH CASE: Complete Coverage | Timeline | Map | Images

    The news comes as friends and family are expected to hold a public memorial for Terry at the Menifee Market on Friday night, according to the Facebook page, Remembering Terry Smith.

    Mom of Slain Boy Terry Smith Breaks Her Silence

    [LA] Mom of Slain Boy Terry Smith Breaks Her Silence
    Shawna Smith, the mother of 11-year-old Terry Smith, broke her silence Wednesday after her son’s body was discovered in the backyard of their Menifee home three weeks ago. She says she doesn’t understand why anyone would think she had anything to do with the death of her son. Tony Shin reports from Menifee for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
    (Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013)

    Terry was reported missing July 7, prompting a massive search by authorities and hundreds of volunteers in Menifee, a suburb about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Three days later, authorities discovered Terry’s partially exposed body behind his mother's home.

    His 16-year-old half brother, Skylor Atilano, was charged with murder in connection with the death. Atilano is expected in court in September. Prosecutors want to try him as an adult.

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