Search for Missing Autistic Boy Takes Criminal Turn
Terry Smith's half-brother arrested
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
Updated Jul 11, 2013 6:40 AM CDT
Crime scene tape cordons off an area where Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating reports of human remains in Menifee, Calif.   (AP Photo/The Press Enterprise, Frank Bellino)

(Newser) – Police and volunteers by the hundreds have been combing the "snake-infested scrub" around Menifee, California, for days searching for an autistic 11-year-old last seen Saturday night, reports MyValleyNews. Now it's beginning to look like Terry Smith never got far from home. Police today found a body matching his description in a shallow grave behind the family home, reports the Los Angeles Times. They have arrested a 16-year-old suspect who was initially identified only as a family member; USA Today now reports that the person arrested is Smith's half-brother, and he is being held on a murder charge.

The half-brother was the last person to see Smith alive. The teenager was babysitting Terry Saturday night when the boys' mother went out, and he told authorities that he last saw the boy walking on a road near the family's home, reports NBC Los Angeles. "The brother was walking away from their residence, turns back, sees that Terry's following him and tells Terry, 'Hey, go home,'" a deputy explains. Terry's mom didn't realize he was missing until she went to check on him Sunday morning. “We will find a way to remember him in our hearts,” said one volunteer searcher after news of the discovered remains became public.

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Jul 11, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
The people most likely to kill you, are the people closest to you. :(
Jul 11, 2013 12:26 AM CDT
Wow "Retarded" are you figgin kidding me!!!!! You people are a waste of skin. I love my kids and I have 2 that are special needs and you know what??!!!! My oldest son would not have his siblings any other way. He is now 18 and he would walk through hot coals for them. So before you spout your stupidity you may want to check your facts. Maybe the one who killed the other is the "defective" one you ever think of that?? Because it's not normal for someone to just up and kill another person. You can't fix stupidity.....ignorance that may give you chance to learn...but in most peoples case on this thread....nothing can help you. You people are beyond stupid and that's what is scary.
Jul 11, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
Siblings of retarded kids usually resent the lack of attention they get from parents because so much is heaped on the defective one. One can understand how neglected normal children can get that leads to this kind of crime.