Update: The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the little girl that was found dead in an abandoned house fire died due to asphyxiation.
DNA results will take a few days.
An Amber Alert has been issued for missing 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith, Sunday and a body has been found in a house fire a few blocks away, matching Mariha’s description..
“The way I’m looking at it is, someone climbed through the window and took my daughter,” Konesha Smith, 24, said.
Mariha was sleeping on the living room floor of her aunt’s home near West Davison and Dexter, with her three other cousins. Her mother said somewhere between 3:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday, her daughter went missing. She didn’t realize she was gone, because she thought she was in the other room with her cousins watching cartoons.
The Detroit Fire Dept. was called to a fire at an abandon home on 2917 Waverly street and investigator said that there is a body matching Mariha’s description inside the house.
Authorities said, until they have dental confirmation, they will continued to search for Mariha. They also stated that there will be lie detector tests given to rule out suspects.
Mariha is 2’5″ tall, 26 pounds, dark eyes, black hair and wearing a black t-shirt with pink flowers and blue jeans.
If you have any information, please call the Detroit Police at 313-596-5900.