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07-25-2011, 05:58 PM
The Detroit Police Department is investigating an incident of an endangered missing child MARIHA TRENICE SMITH from 3827 Burlingame Street, Detroit, Michigan.

MARIHA TRENICE SMITH's description is as follows: black female, 5 years old, 2 feet 5 inches, 26 pounds black eyes and black hair and was wearing a Black t-shirt with pink flowers on it and blue jean pants.
MARIHA TRENICE SMITH was last seen by her mother sleeping on the family home floor between 3:00am and noon on Sunday July 24, 2011.
The Detroit Police Department says MARIHA TRENICE SMITH was allegedly abducted from her residence by an unknown abductor between 3:00am-12:00pm on Sunday July 24, 2011.
If you have any information on the alleged victim or abductor IMMEDIATELY telephone 911 or Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5900.




07-25-2011, 06:00 PM
Police issue amber alert for Detroit girl (http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/28651376/detail.html)
Police in Detroit are investigating the disappearance of a 5-year-old girl from her home and the discovery of a child's body in a house about a mile away that was intentionally set on fire.
Sgt. Eren Stephens said Monday morning that authorities have "no evidence to connect the two cases."

Mother of missing girl speaks out (http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28654852/index.html)

Autopsy released on unidentified body n burned out home; police still search for 5 year old girl (http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/child-found-dead-in-home)
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office has released the autopsy results for the charred remains of a young girl whose body was found Sunday.
The autopsy determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation and the death has been ruled a homicide. Skull damage was also found, but officials say that is often the case with bodies that have been found after a fire.
More... Video included...

07-25-2011, 06:00 PM
Body of asphyxiated child matches missing girl's description (http://detnews.com/article/20110725/METRO01/107250366/Police-investigating-whether-found-body-is-missing-Detroit-girl--5#ixzz1T7JxhDzX)
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.
"The medical examiner's office completed the autopsy this morning and ruled the cause of death as asphyxia," he said, adding the death is considered a homicide. "The medical examiner determined the little girl died before the fire."

Child found dead in burning house was suffocated (http://www.freep.com/article/20110725/NEWS01/110725014/Investigators-Body-house-fire-matches-missing-girl-s-description?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE)
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.

Amber alert issued in disappearance of girl, 5 (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/amber-alert-issued-in-disappearance-of-girl,-5-20110725-mr)
The mother of a 5-year-old Detroit girl reported missing over the weekend said she will submit to a police lie detector test, and authorities were trying to identify the charred body of a slain child found in a burning abandoned building.
Click the video player to watch a report from FOX 2's Roop Raj.

Detroit child fatally strangled, burned, found in vacant building (http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/07/25/michigan.girl.killed/)
A young girl was fatally strangled before being burned "beyond recognition" in a Detroit building, a medical examiner's report released Monday found.
An autopsy conducted by the Wayne County medical examiner's office on Monday morning -- a day after the body was found in a vacant residence -- determined that the girl died by "asphyxia homicide," said Dennis Niemiec, a spokesman for the office.

07-26-2011, 01:03 PM
Detroit police probe whether charred body is missing 5 year old (http://detnews.com/article/20110726/METRO01/107260367/Detroit-Police-probe-whether-charred-body-is-missing-5-year-old#ixzz1TE9db9Ay)
"I want everybody to shout at the top of their lungs," Bishop Chris Gardner asked his flock Monday afternoon at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on the city's west side, a few blocks from where 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith went missing Sunday between 3 a.m. and noon.
"Mariha — we're praying for you."

Mother of missing girl taking DNA test (http://www.detnews.com/article/20110726/METRO01/107260401/1361/Mother-of-missing-Detroit-girl-taking-DNA-test)
The mother of a missing 5-year-old girl will take a DNA test today to determine if a body found in a burnt house a mile from their home is that of her daughter.
Konesha Smith, 24, had previously offered clothes from her daughter, Mariha Trenice Smith, for a DNA sample. She also will have to take a test today to help investigators determine if the body matches, Mariha's grandmother and Konesha's mother Diane Henry said this morning.
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.

Mother of missing girl to take DNA test (http://www.freep.com/article/20110726/NEWS01/110726018/Mother-missing-girl-take-DNA-test-see-charred-body-her-daughter?odyssey=nav%7Chead)
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.
Konesha Smith said she is “holding out hope” that the body discovered on Waverly is not her daughter, Mariha Trenice Smith.

07-26-2011, 08:06 PM
Polygraph confirms mom unaware of girl's snatching (http://www.freep.com/article/20110726/NEWS01/110726018/Source-Polygraph-confirms-mom-unaware-girl-s-snatching?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE)
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.

Missing girl's mom says relative failed polygraph (http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/28661107/detail.html)
The mother of a missing 5-year-old Detroit girl said her sister, the girl's aunt, has been taken into custody after failing a polygraph test.
Konesha Smith, whose daughter -- Mariah Trenice Smith -- has been the subject of an Amber Alert since Sunday, told Local 4 on Tuesday she was informed by police that her sister, Quanita Smith, had failed a polygraph and was held.
Police said they are also questioning the aunt's boyfriend and another man who was seen in the house when the girl went missing.

Family says missing girl's aunt being held after failing lie detector test (http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/child-found-dead-in-home)
Action News has learned the aunt of a missing 5-year-old girl and her boyfriend are in police custody. Family members say the woman is being held after failing a lie detector test. Police have not released details about the nature of the test.
Mariah Smith went missing early Sunday morning from her home on Burlingame Street in Detroit. The last time she was seen by her family, Mariah was sleeping in that home with her mother, six other children, her aunt and the boyfriend.

Missing girls aunt taken into custody (http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28666404/index.html)

Vigil held for girl found dead in burned house (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/vigil-held-for-girl-found-dead-in-burned-detroit-house-20110726-wpms)
A vigil was held Tuesday night for a little girl whose burned body was found inside a vacant house in Detroit on Sunday. Meanwhile, five-year-old Mariha Smith is still officially listed as missing.

Fabric found from missing girls clothes? (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/amber-alert-issued-in-disappearance-of-girl%2C-5-20110725-mr)
There are new developments in the Amber Alert for a five-year-old girl from Detroit. Some new evidence could help solve the case, but it might not have the ending for which her family is hoping.
Sources told FOX 2's Alexis Wiley that a piece of fabric found on a body inside of a burned out house matches what Mariha Smith was wearing when she disappeared.

07-26-2011, 08:36 PM
Thank you Kimberly!

Mentioned in the media:

Konesha Smith
*24 years old
*Mariha's mother
*Has four children, Mariha is the oldest
*Told LE that she thought her daughter was kidnapped. She said she does not remember anything because she was drunk and passed out.
*Possible altercation with a man at a party/liquor store. http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html (http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html)
Fight at liquor store happened Sat. KS rebuffed a man’s advances. He got really angry. He was being held in custody for questioning.

Quanita Lashay Smith
*Konesha Smith's sister / Mariha Smith's Aunt
*She was the one in the video talking about KS being on pain meds for a broken leg. http://www.freep.com/article/2011072...yssey=nav|head (http://www.freep.com/article/20110725/NEWS01/110725014/Autopsy-Child-found-dead-burning-house-slain-by-asphyxiation?odyssey=nav|head)
*She had outstanding warrants.
*She has a public FB page with drug references.
*It was reported today that she failed her poly and is being detained by LE (along with her boyfriend and another male)
*She spoke about Mariha's soul (as if she knew she was dead)

Daniel Cheatam
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/child-found-dead-in-home (http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/child-found-dead-in-home)
*Boyfriend of Quanita Lashay Smith
*Was questioned.

Diane Henry
*Konesha's mother
*Has 12 children (reported in a news article)
*Several news articles/interviews/pitures

Dominique Poole
*Konesha's sister / Mariha's Aunt
*Mentioned in several articles
*Talked to reporters
*Said yesterday she believes Mariha is still alive.

Felisha Smith
*Konesha's sister
*Said she is the one who laid Mariha down on the dining room floor. She said she gave Mariha a hug and a kiss and left at 3:30am. Says Mariha was still in the house when she left.
http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html (http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html)

Michael Williams
*Interviewed on video http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html (http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html)
*Said Mariha was like a grand daughter to him
*Says he is Konesha’s boyfriend.

Keyon Wilson
*was interviewed on video http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html (http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/28662031/index.html)
*Identified in news report as a family member.
*Identified as a man who has been helping raise Mariha
*Very upset someone could do this to Mariha

07-27-2011, 05:47 AM
Police hold aunt of missing girl (http://detnews.com/article/20110727/METRO/107270338/Police-hold-aunt-of-missing-Detroit-girl#ixzz1TIGlqTi4)
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.

DNA results on burned remains of child expected soon (http://www.freep.com/article/20110727/NEWS05/107270430/DNA-test-results-burned-remains-child-expected-soon?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s)
The results of DNA testing to determine whether the burned remains of a child are that of a missing 5-year-old Detroit girl could be complete as soon as today, an official said.
The DNA samples are being processed by the Michigan State Police crime lab -- but getting to that point hasn't been easy.

07-27-2011, 09:26 PM
Detroit neighborhood on edge as search continues for Mariha Smith (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/detroit-neighborhood-on-edge-as-search-continues-for-mariha-smith-20110727-wpms)
"It's real sad around here because nobody (wants) to hear (anything) about a child," said Marilyne Allan.
A normally buzzing block is silent. The only sounds are mourners praying and paying their respects to a child whose life was viciously stolen.
"I can only imagine what she was going through because I've never lost a child like that," Allan said.

07-28-2011, 10:47 PM
Man taped buying gas a 'person of interest' in fire in which dead child found (http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/feed638994cb409e8fcf1fb111910b01/MI--Missing-Girl-Detroit/)
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.

07-29-2011, 10:50 AM
Family of missing 5 year old determined to keep searching (http://www.detnews.com/article/20110729/METRO01/107290385/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.

Detroit police seek help in questioning man in connection with burned girl's body (http://www.freep.com/article/20110728/NEWS01/110728053/Detroit-police-seek-help-questioning-man-connection-burned-girl-s-body)
Detroit police are asking the public for help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with an arson fire on Waverly in which an unidentified little girl was found burned.

Investigators have been trying to determine if the body was that of Mariha Trenice Smith, 5, who went missing from her home sometime Sunday. That morning, the Detroit Fire Department was called to the fire, which was a short distance from Smith's home.

Tonight, police released video of a man, who is being called a person of interest, going into a gas station located at Dexter and W. Davison, at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday.
More... Video included...

08-02-2011, 11:44 AM

Reward Offered In Mariah Smith Case

DETROIT -- A $2,500 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers in an effort to track down who is responsible for the death of a 5-year-old Detroit girl.

Shortly before Smith's body was discovered on July 24, a man, shown in a gas station surveillance video, bought $20 worth of gas, but only pumped 41 cents worth into a beer can. Police said they want to identify the man because he's suspected of helping set the girl's body on fire to cover up her killing.