Mar 19, 2010 9:19 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Washington state authorities say a child's body found on an island beach in Puget Sound is that of an 8-year-old boy who vanished with his mother last weekend.
Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the body found Thursday by a beachwalker on Fox Island, southwest of Tacoma, has the same mohawk haircut and clothes as that of Azriel Carver. An autopsy is planned for Friday.
A beach, water and air search was launched in the Fox Island area for the boy's mother, 29-year-old Shantina "Kat" Smiley of Silverdale, who disappeared with the boy on Saturday night. Her abandoned minivan was found on a remote Olympia-area beach about 12 miles south of the island.