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Woman With Visions Led To California Boy's Body, Detective Says

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(FOX 11 / FOX News) A woman who told them she'd had visions led authorities to a body in the search for a missing Southern California boy, a detective in the case said Thursday.

Riverside County Sheriff's Detective John Powers told radio media outlets that Pam Ragland found the body matching the description of 11-year-old Terry Smith. A 16-year-old family member was later arrested on suspicion of murder.

Powers said Ragland called a tip line to say she was envisioning a location, and was invited to join the search.

Ragland and her children came to the house without knowing it was the boy's, walked on to the property and right to the partially buried body, according to the detective.

Powers said he searched the area previously without seeing it. He said the situation is "extremely bizarre" and he's "blown away."

The suspect's name has not been released. He has the same mother as the victim, but a different father.

On Thursday, the bereaved father said he had been expecting his son to fly home this summer to live with him in West Virginia after two years with his mom in Southern California.

"All I want to do is get Terry Jr. back here because that was the last thing he told me on the phone," said Smith Sr., a 62-year-old retired truck driver. "He wanted to come home."

Initial reports from the mother, relayed by law enforcement, described Terry Jr. as an autistic boy who took special medication and answered only to his nickname, "JuJu." His father, however, insisted that his son was not autistic.

The boy lived with him until 2011, when he went to live with his mother, and was a normal kid who loved video games and baseball, he said.

"He was a very bright, well-adjusted child, at least he was when he left here," said Smith Sr. "He pushed buttons and would aggravate you. But, other than that, it was just the typical way ... of a typical boy trying to get his way."

Smith Sr. also helped raise the half brother accused in the case, he said. The teen moved from West Virginia to California after his mother abruptly pulled him out of school, he said.

"I taught him how to walk. I helped him when he was on the baseball team here," he said, recalling that he called the half brother "little Spider-Man."

A phone listing for the boy's mother, Shawna Smith, was disconnected. Messages left at a second number associated with her address were not returned.

Investigators told Smith Sr. that Terry Jr. died after a hit to the head but declined to say more, citing a request from police who are still working the case.

 

From Hal Eisner:

Pam Ragland lives in Orange County with her two kids. She says she's a psychic...She has visions. Wednesday night, because of such a vision, Ragland and her two kids drove to the town of Menifee to try and help in the search for Terry Smith. Pam says she had a "sixth sense" about where he might be. Following that intuitive belief she ended up getting on the Smith property with three other people. They walked toward the back of the house where there was a terrible smell. The person who let her on the property said it was a dead animal. But, when she got near a large tree and looked down she saw the head of person partially exposed from a shallow grave. The hair matched Terry Smith's. She called the tip line and alerted investigators.

That find was at 1am Wednesday morning. By 3am police had blocked off Helen Lane. The Smith's live on Helen Lane. That's where the body was found. By 7am I was reporting that detectives were looking for human remains.

By midday they found what they believe to be the remains of Terry Smith.

Ragland says she just wanted to help. She hoped to find Terry alive. Given the nature of Ragland's claim I wanted confirmation from law enforcement. It wasn't until today that I was able to get the following text from Riverside Sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez in response to my question. The text read: "I can confirm that a volunteer searcher named Pam Ragland notified the police regarding possible human remains she had found."

For this entire week the disappearance of Terry Smith has been one twist after another. It has ended on an equally strange twist. And, why was it that law enforcement or other searchers didn't find the boy with all the searching that was going on? Ragland told me that maybe it was because they were looking for a little boy that was alive. Not one buried in the ground.

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