The body of an 8-year-old boy who disappeared Saturday night near Olympia, Wash., has washed up on a remote beach, officials said Thursday.
Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer said the body had been identified as 8-year-old Azriel Carver, who went missing with his mother, Shantina Smiley, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO News in Seattle, Wash.
Troyer said the Pierce County medical examiner needs to determine the cause of death.
The search for Smiley and Carver had taken an ominous turn when an area resident found debris along the edge of the pond where Smiley's partially submerged van was found Sunday.
Deputies are still out searching the beach in both directions for any sign of Smiley, 29. A Coast Guard craft and Pierce County sheriff's boats are out searching the waters around the island.
The fiance of the missing mother, who vanished five days ago with her young son, had identified articles that washed ashore Tuesday at a pond as belonging to them.
Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Chris Mealy told ABC News that Robb Simmons, Smiley's fiance, told investigators that Smiley's son had asthma and used an inhaler. Simmons also identified the smaller of the two shoes and the orange ball as belonging to Azriel, Mealy said.
In addition, the lieutenant said that at about 8 p.m. Saturday night, when Smiley disappeared, she stopped at a store and bought a bottle of wine. Earlier this week, Simmons told "Good Morning America" that Smiley was a recovering alcoholic who'd had a relapse last week.
He said investigators have also focused their efforts on vetting tips and other relevant leads.
Among the leads to emerge was the report from Charles Grimmer, who lives a half a mile from the beach where Smiley's van was found in the water. Grimmer reported that someone had knocked loudly and repeatedly on the garage door about 1 a.m. Sunday, Mealy told ABC News.
Grimmer said he activated the home's alarm system, then went to the front door and looked outside, but he could see no one. After his wife called the sheriff's office, investigators came to the home with bloodhounds. Mealy confirmed that a search dog failed to pick up a scent at the home.
Smiley and her son were last captured on surveillance video around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after a series of strange events in which Smiley fell down in a parking lot, bought a corn dog and left it behind, knocked on a stranger's door for directions and then went the wrong way.
The area where her van was found partially submerged at the end of a narrow dirt road was difficult for police to find, even in the daylight.
Taylor Williams, who lives at the home where Smiley stopped for directions around 10 p.m. Saturday, said Smiley didn't appear to be drunk or otherwise impaired, but seemed nervous and looked as if she'd been crying. She told the family she'd left the highway to find her son a bathroom.
"We could be the last people to have seen her. Like, ever," Williams said. "I really hope that's not the case."
Smiley's actions on Saturday night seemed to suggest she was disoriented as she headed farther and farther from where she was supposed to be.