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Menifee citizen Bill Gilette and Councilman Fuhrman coordinate the routes that the civilian search parties will cover.
Menifee citizen Bill Gilette and Councilman Fuhrman coordinate the routes that the civilian search parties will cover.
11-year-old Terry Smith is still missing.
11-year-old Terry Smith is still missing.
Bill Gilette, coordinator of civilian search efforts, telling a group of volunteers where they can go to search for Smith.
Bill Gilette, coordinator of civilian search efforts, telling a group of volunteers where they can go to search for Smith.
Bill Gilette addressing the crowd of volunteers about updates from the Sheriff's department and safety concerns.
Bill Gilette addressing the crowd of volunteers about updates from the Sheriff's department and safety concerns.
Volunteer searchers heading out to continue on their search for Smith.
Volunteer searchers heading out to continue on their search for Smith.
The Riverside County Sheriff Department and the six mounted horseman preparing to look for Terry west of Murrieta Road.
The Riverside County Sheriff Department and the six mounted horseman preparing to look for Terry west of Murrieta Road.
Shawna Smith, mother of Terry, speaking with the Menifee Sheriff Department and volunteers.
Shawna Smith, mother of Terry, speaking with the Menifee Sheriff Department and volunteers.
Scott Mann, City of Menifee Mayor, addressing the various press members about the current state of the search for missing 11-year-old, Terry Smith.
Scott Mann, City of Menifee Mayor, addressing the various press members about the current state of the search for missing 11-year-old, Terry Smith.
Captain John Hill, who serves as Menifee's Chief of Police, addressing and taking questions from the press about the missing boy.
Captain John Hill, who serves as Menifee's Chief of Police, addressing and taking questions from the press about the missing boy.
A concerned citizen on the side of the road holding out a sign to drivers passing by about missing Terry Smith.
A concerned citizen on the side of the road holding out a sign to drivers passing by about missing Terry Smith.
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One of numerous cars with the information about missing 11-year-old Smith.
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Volunteers going out on routes to find a trace of Smith.
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A group of volunteers gathered to say a prayer for Smith and his safe return home.
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Volunteers continuing to make signs to put up in Menifee and its surrounding cities.
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Two young girls holding up signs with information about 11-year-old Smith.

Search for Missing Menifee Boy Enters Fifth Day


Monday, July 8th, 2013
Issue 28, Volume 17.


MENIFEE - Amid a deepening sense of urgency and with officials unable to rule out kidnapping, volunteers and law enforcement personnel were gearing up today to continue scouring the Menifee area and points beyond in hopes of finding an autistic 11-year-old boy missing since Saturday night.

"We pledge to continue this search effort until such time that circumstances dictate otherwise," Menifee Mayor Scott Mann told reporters Tuesday. "We will maintain our vigilance and continue searching. We will find Terry."

Terry Dewayne Smith disappeared Saturday night from his family home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane in Menifee. According to relatives, the boy, who has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, was last seen around 7:30 that evening.

Since then, massive search operations have taken place, with more than 700 people fanning out and looking for Terry at one time, wading through snake- infested scrub in the midday heat, shouting his name.

"The strength and fabric of a community are never tested until an event such as this occurs," Mann said. "We have volunteers from all quarters of the city -- neighbors, ranchers, members of our church family -- people from all walks of life, who have come out in overwhelming support of this search."

Riverside County sheriff's Capt. John Hill, who serves as the Menifee police chief, said multiple agencies are taking part in the canvass, including the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino County sheriff's departments, police Explorer units, Cal Fire and personnel from the Riverside County Office of Emergency Services.

Search coordinator Bill Gillette told ABC7 on Tuesday that the search has taken on additional urgency because of the length of time Terry has been missing.

Hill said law enforcement is focused on a 55-square-mile area around the child's home.

"Terry's whereabouts and the circumstances under which he disappeared are unknown," the sheriff's captain said. "We're doing everything possible to return him to his family."

Hill was asked if Terry might have been abducted.

"That's always a possibility," he replied. "We're looking at all possibilities."

Terry is 4 feet 8 and 76 pounds, with blue eyes and dirty blonde hair, last seen wearing light blue basketball shorts and ankle socks.

Anyone with information about the boy or his disappearance was urged to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000, or sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776-1099.


UPDATE: Search for Missing Menifee Boy Continues

MENIFEE - Night 4 of the search for missing 11-year-old continues. Law enforcement asked that volunteers cancel their on foot search for tonight.

Volunteer searchers and other residents of Menifee and its surrounding areas have continued to gather at Menifee Market and make posters, pray, and be together. Volunteers continue to canvas the area canvasing in cars and getting flyers in surrounding areas.

Volunteers are encouraged to meet up at 8 am at the Menifee Market, Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information about the boy is urged to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000, or sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776-1099.


MENIFEE - Hundreds of people fanned out in triple-digit heat to search for an 11-year-old special-needs boy who went missing over the weekend in Menifee.

"We pledge to continue this search effort until such time that circumstances dictate otherwise," said Menifee Mayor Scott Mann during a news briefing. "We will maintain our vigilance and continue searching. We will find Terry."

Terry Dewayne Smith disappeared Saturday night from his family home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane.

According to relatives, the autistic youth, who has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, was last seen around 7:30 that evening.

The search effort has involved more than 700 people, some of whom have combed through snake-infested scrub in the midday heat as they shouted out the boy's name.

"The strength and fabric of a community are never tested until an event such as this occurs," Mann said. "We have volunteers from all quarters of the city -- neighbors, ranchers, members of our church family -- people from all walks of life, who have come out in overwhelming support of this search."

Riverside County sheriff's Capt. John Hill, who serves as the Menifee police chief, told reporters that multiple agencies are taking part in the canvass, including the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Departments, police Explorer units, Cal Fire and personnel from the Riverside County Office of Emergency Services.

Hill said law enforcement is focused on a 55-square-mile area around the child's home.

"Terry's whereabouts and the circumstances under which he disappeared are unknown," the sheriff's captain said.

"We're doing everything possible to return him to his family."

When asked whether he thought Terry might have been abducted, Hill replied "That's always a possibility."

"We're looking at all possibilities," he said.

Terry is 4 feet 8 and weighs 76 pounds. He has blue eyes, dirty blond hair and was wearing light-blue basketball shorts and ankle socks.

Anyone with information about the boy was urged to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000, or sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776-1099.


Authorities say there is still no sign this morning of the 11-year-old autistic boy who went missing from his Menifee home.


MENIFEE - It was night three in the search for missing Menifee Austistic eleven-year-old, Terry Dewayne Smith where over 250 volunteer searchers relentlessly scoured Menifee and its surrounding areas into the late hours of the night. Smith was last seen Saturday evening at his home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane, in a rural area off Scott Road about two miles west of Interstate 215.

The search for Smith came up empty once again but family, friends, and the community of Menifee are not giving up hope in finding him. Throughout the day, volunteers have posted and handed out flyers with Smith’s recent picture and description and searched on foot throughout the area hoping to find some trace of Smith and Advertisement
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his whereabouts and tirelessly battled triple digit temperatures.

There have been several potential sightings of Smith within the area, with the most recent being near Loma Linda Hospital in Murrieta. Within minutes of reporting of this sighting, volunteer rescuers got in their cars and rushed to the scene but it turned out to be a false lead.

There are also official crews of Deputies and Menifee explorers actively searching the area. At this point in the investigation, deputies do not suspect any foul play, but they are not ruling it out entirely.

Bill Gilette, a Menifee resident who has been assisting and coordinating the civilian search efforts, was not only concerned about Smith and his whereabouts, but was also concerned about the volunteers and encouraged them to stay within sight, staying out of fields and open spaces due to injury or snakes, or other various animals. Gilette also encourages anyone who wants to participate in the search for Smith to come to the Menifee Market on Tuesday, June 9 beginning at 7 am, to help comb through the surrounding areas.

Finding Smith is of the utmost importance for search crews, official and volunteer, will not waiver until he is found.

For more information on joining the search or donating food and water for the volunteer searchers visit the Menifee Market located at 26035 Scott Road, Menifee, CA. Anyone who spots Terry or knows his whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff’s Perris station at (951) 210-1000 or sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099.


Hundreds of Volunteers from Menifee Help Local Law Enforcement in Search for Missing 11-Year-Old, Terry Smith

MENIFEE - "Help me find my baby – he’s still missing! It’s been too long. He’s my baby boy who is afraid of the dark and must be scared out of his mind! Please help!" were the words of Shawna Smith, Terry’s mom, as she spoke with citizens of Menifee and the surrounding areas who have volunteered to help find Terry.

Terry is an eleven-year-old Autistic boy that has been missing since Saturday night when he followed his older brother, 16-year-old, Skylor Atliano on a walk to Atliano’s friend’s house off of Haun Road. Immediately, when Atliano realized his brother was following him he told Terry that he needed to go back home and Atliano walked him back to their street not knowing that he wouldn’t make it back safely inside.

Shawna reported Terry missing late Sunday morning reporting that he was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, no shirt or shoes and was last seen Saturday evening around 9 p.m. walking south on Daly Road.

Tom Fuhrman, City of Menifee Councilman, has helped coordinate the search for Terry since Sunday, July 7 and has been back and forth between the Sheriff Command Post at the Fire Station and the Civilian Post, located at Menifee Market, 26035 Scott Road. "The Sheriffs and six mounted horseman are concentrating their search west of Murrieta Road and volunteers are focusing their search on the east side of Scott Road," Fuhrman said.

Bill Gilette, Menifee resident, has stepped up and volunteered to assist Councilman Fuhrman by coordinating the civilian search efforts and feels that Terry is "within a mile of his home" located on Helen Road off of Murrieta Road. Gilette has advised volunteer searchers to look in open fields, abandoned cars and trucks, under trees in shaded areas, etc. "As far as we know Terry has not had any food or drink since Saturday evening and must be severely dehydrated and extremely scared," Gilette said to the volunteers. The temperature in Menifee will be over 100 degrees and finding Terry is at the top of the list.

Volunteers have donated water and food to keep the search parties hydrated and fed. If you are interested in donating food and water for the searchers or interested in joining the search, please drop off items at or visit Menifee Market located at 26035 Scott Road, Menifee, CA. Anyone who spots Terry or knows his whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000 or sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776- 1099.


MENIFEE - Friends and relatives were searching through the night early today for an 11-year-old autistic boy who went missing from his Menifee home.

Riverside County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 10:33 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 33000 block of Helem Lane, where they were told that Terry Dewayne Smith went missing around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell. Deputies searched for Terry but couldn't find him in the area, even with a bloodhound, McConnell said.

Terry is 4 feet 8, 76 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue basketball shorts. Anyone who spots Terry or knows his whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000 or sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776- 1099. 11-year-old autistic boy missing from Menifee

MENIFEE - Sheriff's officials are searching for an 11-year-old autistic boy who went missing overnight from his Menifee home, a sergeant said today.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 10:33 a.m. today to a home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane. They learned that Terry Dewayne Smith went missing on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell.

Deputies searched for Terry but couldn't find him in the area, even with a bloodhound, McConnell said. Terry is 4 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 76 lbs. and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue basketball shorts. Deputies urge anyone who has seen Terry or knows about his whereabouts to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000 or sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776-1099.


 

10 comments

Comment Profile Imagegood to see
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:27 am
It's refreshing to see that the community will help out in time of need.
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Comment #2 | Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm
Poor kid, he must be so scared. I hope that they find him soon. I myself am autistic and my prayers go out to his family
Comment Profile ImageColumbo
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm
I just saw his mother on the news - she definitely has some problems and in my opinion extremely guilty. I've heard that his father and teachers say he's not autistic - i think mom is guilty for sure.
Comment Profile Image@Columbo
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm
What news station did you see her on? We have only seen her on once and now she is refusing to talk to anyone?
Comment Profile ImageColumbo
Comment #5 | Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm
Doesn't surprise me ... I think she'll be announced a suspect in the news tomorrow guaranteed. I heard from a search volunteer that she was super,,,,,,.
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Comment #6 | Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm
Story doesn't add up. I pray they find him wherever he is.
Comment Profile ImageJohnson
Comment #7 | Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 8:02 am
I would like to say that as the call went out from riverside county concerning the disappearance of Terry Dewayne Smith jr, my family and I went out to search. We were so impressed with all the citizens of Menifee who were also searching for JuJu as soon as the call went out. Thank you for the moms,dads,grandparents and children we met searching for a young boy we didn't even know, and all those that have searched since. Thank you to the girls handing out fliers on the corner of Scott road and murrierta rd. that first day asking us to please get them more copies. We even saw two young girls in there shiny red convertible VW driving on the rough dirt roads trying to find Terry. The pot holes and dust was not going to stop their search. Thank you Menifee for your love for a stranger and his family.
Comment Profile Imagesan diegan
Comment #8 | Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 8:17 am
Ive been keeping up on Facebook and am very disappointed in the news coverage in san diego county. If the search radius is 55 miles then north san diego county is within that and yet not once have I seen it on the news!
Comment Profile Imageterrie
Comment #9 | Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 8:21 am
the house where he lives is now a crime scene. news says police have called off official search. so sad. poor little guy...hope they are wrong..
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Comment #10 | Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 8:55 am
i agree story dosent match up if he isnt autistic there no way he is missing because he wondered off

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