Washington mom's disappearance baffles authorities
SEATTLE, Wash. - Friends and family of Shantina "Kat" Smiley don't know what to think about the weekend disappearance of the Silverdale woman and her 8-year-old son.
Authorities say the case continues to baffle them as well.
Lt. Chris Mealy of the Thurston County Sheriff's office said Tuesday that investigators don't know anything more than what they knew Sunday night.
They continue to talk to people who know Shantina Smiley or her son and those who may have met her as she drove through the backroads of Washington state on Saturday night before abandoning her van on a remote beach.
Her stepsister says everyone in the family thinks something different about what happened to Smiley, because so little information about her disappearance has surfaced.
Search continues for missing Washington mother, son
Thurston County sheriff's officers continue their search for a missing 29-year-old Washington woman who vanished with her 8-year-old son.
Lt. Chris Mealy says Shantina Smiley of Silverdale was "beyond lost" as she and her son took one wrong turn after another through county backroads and onto a private Puget Sound beach.
Members of the county's dive team searched the water off the beach on Monday while bloodhounds on loan to the sheriff's office scoured the nearby roadside.
The minivan Smiley was driving was found partially submerged Sunday with its doors open. A wallet containing her driver's license, some cash and credit cards was found in the van, but neither she nor her son were anywhere in sight.
Mealy says there's no indication that a crime took place inside the 2005 Dodge Caravan.
Smiley and her son had been headed Saturday night to her stepfather's house in Castle Rock in southwest Washington's Cowlitz County.
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