MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — The father of an 11-year-old California boy who went missing and is believed dead says his son did not have autism, as his ex-wife and authorities have said.
Terry Dewayne Smith Sr. told The Associated Press on Thursday that his son moved to California to be with his mother in 2011 and was not autistic.
Authorities have arrested the half-brother of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. on suspicion of murder.
Authorities on Wednesday recovered a body matching the boy’s description from a shallow grave behind the home in Menifee that he shared with his mother, half brother and other family members.
Terry Dewayne Smith Sr. says the boy lived with him until age 8 in Charleston, West Virginia, and had recently called to say he wanted to come back.