Missing Menifee Boy Terry Smith Found Dead, Family Member Arrested

Remains identified as 11-year-old missing Menifee boy Terry Smith have been found at his residence.

Cops say they received a tip leading to the discovery around 1pm on Wednesday.  When they arrived at the 33000 block of Helen Lane, they found the partially exposed body of a boy who fit the description of Smith in a shallow grave.

After interviewing all of the occupants of the house, police arrested a sixteen-year-old family member for homicide.  The suspect was not identified because he was under 18.

The search for Terry began mid-morning on July 7 when officers from the Menifee Police Department were contacted in regards to a missing autistic boy.  Law enforcement and community volunteers embarked on a search but were unable to locate him.