Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On March 13, Smiley was traveling with her 8-year-old son, Azriel Carver, to a family gathering in Castle Rock, in southwest Washington. Shantina and her son left their home in Silverdale, Washington at 5 p.m. At 10 p.m. Shantina and her son stop off at a residence occupied by an elderly couple. She used the phone in the residence and called her grandfather to say she was lost, and there was an accident of sorts, but she did not elaborate. The elderly couple fed her son a slice of pizza and gave her directions to get back on the main road.
The next day, her minivan was found partially submerged in the Puget Sound near Olympia, nowhere near her destination. No one was inside. The doors were open, cash, license and a credit card were left inside, but Shantina’s purse was gone. It appears she drove far out, and tried to come back to the road. The van got stuck, and she left it there.
Her son's body was found on a Fox Island beach, near Gig Harbor, on March 18. The official ruling for cause of death by Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office was accidental drowning. Smiley apparently took a haphazard route north of Olympia before parking on a remote beach. Surveillance cameras recorded her buying a bottle of wine at a store. A half-empty bottle with the cork in it washed up on the beach along with Azriel's ball, shoe and asthma inhaler.
Smiley graduated from Castle Rock High School in 1998 and earned a degree from Bremerton's Olympic College in medical coding and billing in 2009. She was scheduled to begin a new job on March 15.
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Thurston County Sheriff