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MARIHA TRENICE SMITH - Aged 5 years - Detroit, Michigan (USA)

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:53 pm

MARIHA TRENICE SMITH

Case Type: Endangered Missing
DOB: Jul 15, 2006
Sex: Female
Missing Date: Jul 24, 2011
Age Now: 5
Missing City: DETROIT
Missing State : MI
Missing Country: United States
Race: Black
Height: 3'0" (91 cm)
Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black

Case Number: NCMC1176368

Circumstances: Mariha was last seen sleeping at home on the morning of July 24, 2011. When she was last seen, she was wearing a black short sleeved shirt with pink flowers and blue jean pants. When Mariha was last seen, she had pink beads in her hair.

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1176368&seqNum=1

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:00 pm

Mariha Trenice Smith



Missing since 24 July 2011.

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:06 pm

The Detroit News

24 July 2011

Amber Alert issued for missing Detroit girl, 5

Detroit Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 5-year-old girl.

Mariha Trenice Smith was last seen by her mother around 3:30 a.m. today sleeping on the floor of their west side home on Burlingame. Around noon, the mother noticed her daughter missing with the front window wide open and called police.

The missing girl has black hair and black eyes and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with pink flowers and jeans. She is about 2 feet, 5 inches tall and 26 pounds.

Police are investigating the incident as an abduction. Anyone with information about the victim is asked to call 911 or Detroit Police at (313) 596-5900 .


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110724/METRO01/107240349/1361/Amber-Alert-issued-for-missing-Detroit-girl--5

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:08 pm

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25 July 2011

Child found dead in vacant duplex only hours after Amber Alert for missing girl‎

The DPD is investigating the death of a child, found alone in an abandoned west side house after a fire Sunday morning.

Firefighters discovered the body after extinguishing a blaze at a duplex at 2916 and 2918 Waverly St near Davison and Linwood. According to DPD spokeswoman Sgt Eren Stephens, the body was burned beyond recognition; it was not possible to determine its age or sex.

Just hours earlier, police had received a 911 call that a 5-year-old girl was missing from her home on Burlingame, about one mile from the Waverly duplex. Police concluded that this child, Mariha Smith, had been abducted from the living room where she slept. They immediately issued an Amber Alert.

So far the DPD is treating the two matters separately, claiming they have no concrete evidence that the incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, the Waverly house investigators do not know whether the child was dead before the fire started, or was a victim of it.


http://www.examiner.com/crime-in-detroit/child-found-dead-vacant-duplex-only-hours-after-amber-alert-for-missing-girl

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:10 pm

My TV20 Detroit

25 July 2011

Missing Girl Feared to be Body in Burned House

5 year old Mariha Smith disappeared early Sunday morning, shortly afterwards a fire not far from her house broke out and a child's body was found inside. Now the family is nervously waiting to hear from the Wayne County Medical Examiner if they body was that of Mariha.

http://www.tv20detroit.com/news/local/Missing-Girl-Feared-to-be-Body-in-Burned-House-126109078.html

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:12 pm

Detroit Free Press

25 July 2011

Autopsy: Child found dead in burning house was suffocated

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled a little girl found dead in a fire in an abandoned building died in a homicide due to asphyxiation.

But the identity of the little girl, estimated to be 5 to 7 years old, won't be confirmed until investigators receive DNA testing results, which could take days, Wayne County spokesman Dennis Niemiec said this afternoon.

"Her skull was crushed and she was burned, but the cause of death was asphyxiation," Niemiec said. "Whatever killed her occurred before the fire."

And while Detroit Fire Department investigators say the girl resembled 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith, missing since early Sunday, Niemiec said that cannot yet be confirmed.

"The ID is going to be through DNA, so we don’t have an ID yet," he said.

Mariha's mother, Konesha Smith, 24, said today that someone kidnapped the girl sometime between 3 a.m. and noon Sunday as she slept on the living room floor at her aunt's home near West Davison and Dexter.

"The way I'm looking at it is, someone climbed through the window and took my daughter," Smith said this morning, searching the neighborhood around Burlingame Street. "I can't even close my eyes because my daughter's missing."


http://www.freep.com/article/20110725/NEWS01/110725014/Autopsy-Child-found-dead-burning-house-suffocated?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:14 pm

The Detroit News

25 July 2011

Family holds hope that missing Detroit girl, 5, is still alive

Headline Changed to:

Body of asphyxiated child matches missing girl's description

Family and friends of Mariha Trenice Smith are still searching for the missing 5-year-old, despite investigators saying the body of a child matching her description was found at a burnt house less than a mile away.

"I suspect my niece is still alive," Mariha's aunt, Dominique Poole, 29, said today. "And I just pray whoever's got her just brings her back home because we care about our kids."

The child found in a the house Sunday on the 2900 block of Waverly Street was a girl between 5 and 7 years old, Wayne County spokesman Dennis Niemiec said.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110725/METRO01/107250366/1409/METRO/Family-holds-hope-that-missing-Detroit-girl--5--is-still-alive




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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:18 pm

Detroit Free Press

26 July 2011

Burned girl's body may be linked to missing child


Konesha Smith, 24, says she believes her 5-year-old daughter Mariha Trenice Smith was kidnapped sometime between 3 a.m. and noon Sunday in Detroit as the little girl slept on the living room floor. The body of a child who had been asphyxiated was found nearby after a fire. / MIKE BROOKBANK/Detroit Free Press

Konesha Smith said she believes someone kidnapped her daughter.

But she said she couldn't remember anything because when the disappearance of 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith was discovered early Sunday, Konesha Smith was drunk and passed out on the couch after a party at the home she shared with her sister in the 3800 block of Burlingame.

That's what she told investigators. And a polygraph test Monday indicated she was being truthful, according to an official familiar with the investigation.

The girl's aunt, who an official said had outstanding misdemeanor warrants, had been detained, but Monday evening a relative said she had been released.


http://www.freep.com/article/20110726/NEWS01/107260418/Burned-girl-s-body-may-linked-missing-child?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:58 am

Detroit Free Press

26 July 2011

Source: Polygraph confirms mom unaware of girl's snatching

The mother of a 5-year-old who disappeared from her Detroit home this weekend said she is going to Sinai-Grace Hospital this morning for an oral swab so authorities can compare her DNA to that of a charred body found in an abandoned home.

Police, though, told the Free Press that a DNA sample was taken from Konesha Smith on Sunday and that she wouldn’t have to go to a hospital to provide a sample.

Smith said she is “holding out hope” that the body discovered on Waverly is not her daughter, Mariha Trenice Smith.

Mariha was discovered missing Sunday morning. Her mother earlier said she believed someone crawled through a window and kidnapped her daughter sometime between 3 a.m,. and noon Sunday as she slept on the living room floor. Konesha said she was drunk and passed out on the couch after a party at the home she shared with her sister in the 3800 block of Burlingame.


http://www.freep.com/article/20110726/NEWS01/110726018/Mother-missing-girl-take-DNA-test-see-charred-body-her-daughter?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:01 am

The Detroit News

26 July 2011

Aunt of missing Detroit girl flunked lie detector test, family confirms‎

The aunt who was housing a missing 5-year-old girl and her family failed a lie detector test with the Detroit Police, the girl's mother said around 3 p.m. today.

Mariha Trenice Smith was last seen at 3:30 a.m. Sunday sleeping on the floor of her aunt Virginia Smith's house while her mom, 24-year-old Konesha Smith, slept on the couch.

"Shes still in custody with the police," Konesha said of Virginia. "She failed the lie detector test."

Konesha didn't know what specifically her sister failed on the test. Konesha also had a lie detector test Monday but has since returned home.

Virginia has been with police since Monday, Diane Henry, Virginia's mother and Mariha's grandmother, said this afternoon.

Earlier today, Konesha agreed to take a DNA test to determine if a body found in a burnt house a mile from their home is that of her daughter.

Henry did not know where or when the DNA test would happen.

Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens couldn't provide an update on the case this morning.

"It's an ongoing investigation," she said.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110726/METRO01/107260401/Aunt-of-missing-Detroit-girl-flunked-lie-detector-test--family-confirms


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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:03 am

United Press International

26 July 2011

Burned body in Detroit still not ID'd

Detroit police said they were working to determine whether a girl's charred body found last weekend is that of a 5-year-old girl who disappeared the same day.

Konesha Smith, 24, of Detroit said Tuesday she was going to the hospital for an oral swab so officials can compare her DNA to that of the burned child, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported.


http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/26/Burned-body-in-Detroit-still-not-IDd/UPI-26391311729014/

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:07 am

The Detroit News

27 July 2011

Police hold aunt of missing Detroit girl
She fails lie detector test; family hopeful of 5-year-old's return

Police are holding Quanita Smith, aunt of 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith, after she failed a lie detector test this week during an investigation into her niece's disappearance.

Quanita spent Monday and Tuesday at a Detroit Police precinct. She is not charged.

Her family said Tuesday she should tell the police anything she knows about Mariha.

"If she knows something, she should talk," Mariha's grandmother, Diane Henry, said.

Mariha went missing between 3 a.m. and noon Sunday from Quanita's house on the 3800 block of Burlingame on the west side. Mariha's family, including her mother and three younger siblings, has been staying there for a couple of months, Henry said.

Henry said her daughter must be lying out of fear, but she didn't know the specifics of what the lie might be.

Mariha's mother, 24-year-old Konesha Smith, passed her lie detector test Monday, but Henry said Konesha admitted she was passed out, drunk, when Mariha was kidnapped. Konesha said police advised her not to talk about the investigation.

Based on stories from the family and the layout of the house, it appears the kidnapper opened a window screen, moved a box fan from the window and climbed in over the couch where Konesha lay, to take Mariha.

Many family members of the missing girl hold out hope she's alive and continued to post fliers with her picture around the neighborhood Tuesday.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110727/METRO/107270338/1409/Police-hold-aunt-of-missing-Detroit-girl

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27 July 2011

Shots fired at Detroit vigil for missing girl, 5

A vigil for a 5-year-old Detroit girl reported missing over the weekend was disrupted by scuffles breaking out and the sound of gunfire.

No injuries were reported.

TV stations WDIV and WXYZ captured the sound of multiple gunshots at the Tuesday night vigil in Detroit for Mariha (mah-RY'-ah) Trenice.

The girl's mother Konesha Smith told officers she last saw Mariha about 3:30 a.m. Sunday asleep at home, and that she didn't notice her daughter was missing until about noon.

Smith said Tuesday she believes Mariha is alive.


http://www.wnem.com/story/15154389/shots-fired-at-detroit-vigil-for-missing-girl-5

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The Detroit News

28 July 2011

DNA test expected soon to determine if body is missing 5-year-old

Investigators are awaiting a DNA test to determine if a body found in a vacant house on the west side is that of 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith, who disappeared from a home about a mile from the scorched dwelling.

"I really do feel my grandbaby's (alive)," grandmother Diane Henry, 45, said Wednesday afternoon. "It's in my heart."

Mariha was last seen around 3:30 a.m. Sunday sleeping on the floor of her aunt Quanita Smith's home on the 3800 block of Burlingame Street.

Detroit firefighters found a body matching Mariha's description in a burned vacant house on the 2900 block of Waverly Street, but needed to run DNA tests because Mariha had no dental records.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110728/METRO01/107280398/1409/metro/DNA-test-expected-soon-to-determine-if-body-is-missing-5-year-old

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Detroit Free Press

28 July 2011

DNA tests could be back today

Results from DNA testing to determine whether the burned remains of a child are that of a missing Detroit girl could be completed today, police said.

Since Sunday, investigators have been trying to determine whether the remains found in an abandoned home are those of 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith, who disappeared that morning.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the girl's aunt, who was held on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, and her boyfriend were still being detained for questioning.


http://www.freep.com/article/20110728/NEWS04/107280472/DNA-tests-could-back-today

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Post  Twiglet on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:14 pm

The Republic

28 July 2011

Detroit police: Man taped buying gas a 'person of interest' in fire in which dead child found‎

Detroit police say a man videotaped buying gasoline is a "person of interest" in the torching of a home where the charred remains of a strangled child were found.

Police say the man made a purchase about 7:45 a.m. Sunday at a station at Dexter and Davison on the city's west side.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying him. He's described as black and about 5-foot-9-inches tall, with short hair.

Authorities have taken DNA samples that are expected to show if the remains are those of 5-year-old Mariha (mah-RY'-ah) Trenice.


http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/feed638994cb409e8fcf1fb111910b01/MI--Missing-Girl-Detroit/

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The Detroit News

29 July 2011

Family of missing 5-year-old determined to keep searching

Konesha Smith is determined not to let anything stop her from finding her 5-year-old daughter, especially not the boarded-up doors of vacant houses on the west side.

Mariha Trenice Smith has been missing since Sunday, and for the past five days, her family has searched and posted fliers around the neighborhood, asking for information on her whereabouts, hoping she's alive.

Investigators said Thursday they are awaiting a DNA test to determine whether a body found in a burned vacant house a mile from where she went missing belongs to Mariha.

And until the results come through, Konesha and her family will keep screaming her name with the hope that she might reply.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110729/METRO01/107290385/Family-of-missing-5-year-old-determined-to-keep-searching


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Detroit Free Press

29 July 2011

DNA shows dead girl in burning home is missing Mariha Smith, 5

The charred remains of a little girl found in a home Sunday are those of missing 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith.

Dennis Niemiec, a spokesman for Wayne County, said the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office was notified by police this afternoon that a DNA test to determine the identity of the burned girl was positive for Mariha.

“We just got confirmation a little while ago,” he said.

He said the family has been notified.

The Detroit Police Department confirmed the DNA results this afternoon in a statement, which says the homicide unit will continue a thorough investigation into Mariha Smith’s death.


‎http://www.freep.com/article/20110729/NEWS01/110729048/DNA-shows-dead-girl-burning-home-missing-Mariha-Smith-5?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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The Detroit News

29 July 2011

Medical Examiner: Burned body is missing Detroit girl, 5

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office this afternoon confirmed the identity of the body found in an abandoned home Sunday is that of 5-year-old Mariah Trenice Smith.

"The family has been notified and prosecutors have been notified," Wayne County spokesman Dennis Niemiec said.

Family members received the news after being called into a Detroit police station this afternoon.

"That's all you can do is cry and break," Diane Henry, Mariah's grandmother, said this afternoon outside the home of Mariah's aunt, Quanita Smith, where the girl was staying with her mother when she was last seen. "I'm trying to be strong for my daughter."

Konesha Smith, Mariah's 24-year-old mother, was also in the home but declined comment.

"She's trying to hold up," Henry said.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20110729/METRO01/107290437/1410/METRO01/Medical-Examiner--Discovered-body-is-missing-Detroit-girl--5




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R.I.P Mariah


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Post  Tezza on Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:57 am

R.I.P Maraiah. Another tragic ending. May you be safe now where you are.

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