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Woman: 'Visions' led her to dead California boy

  • A photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department is of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr., 11, an autistic boy who went missing from his Manifee, Calif., home on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Hundreds of people will resume the search today Tuesday July 9,2013, for Smith in Riverside County, where temperatures have topped 100 degrees. (AP Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

SANTA ANA — Pam Ragland was watching a TV report about the search for an 11-year-old California boy missing in a rural town miles away when she felt something wasn't right.

Ragland said she began crying and then a haunting vision popped into her head: A young boy lying on his side with his eyes closed.

The boy, Terry Dewayne Smith Jr., wasn't sleeping — and by the time Ragland's visions stopped, she had led detectives to his decomposing body behind his house in the Riverside County community of Menifee.

The remains had been partially buried in a shallow grave under a tree more than 60 miles from Ragland's Orange County home.

Prosecutors on Friday charged the boy's 16-year-old half brother with murder. The teen is due in juvenile court on Monday, and prosecutors have requested a hearing to determine if he should be tried as an adult.


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