Fiancé of missing mom sharing more information with police

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 17 at 8:25 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  - There is new information about the missing Kitsap County woman and her son. Her fiancé says she's a recovering alcoholic and recently relapsed because of a lot of stress in her life.

Detectives said Robb Simmons has started to share a lot more about his relationship with Shantina Smiley, but it hasn't helped them solve the mystery.

Late Tuesday afternoon, we found out detectives were looking at surveillance video from a diner in Olympia, one of the last places the mother and son were seen Saturday night.

Shantina's van was found Sunday morning with the doors and back hatch wide open, abandoned and partially submerged on a Puget Sound beach.

Shantina and her 8-year-old son Azriel were supposed to drive from Silverdale down to Castle Rock Saturday evening, but they never even got close. Her family has no idea what happened.

On Tuesday her fiancé revealed she had been under stress lately. He said he's been having health issues and fears he might have cancer. So this past week he suggested they get married.

That's when she started drinking again. But he does not think that played any role in what happened.

"The idea she would stop and drink is not a realistic thing. I do not see her doing that, I don't see herself doing that putting herself at risk, getting in trouble with the law, putting her son at risk," he said.

Detectives say they're trying to learn all they can about Smiley's emotional state and trying to determine if she had any mental or physical health problems Saturday night. She has no history of such problems.

Search efforts in the water and the woods around the beach wrapped up late Tuesday.

Police say Shantina is 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, with dark hair. Simmons says she has numerous tattoos, including one on her neck, and both wrists. She also had a couple of lightning bolts on her back. Azriel is 4-foot-2, 100 pounds, with a blond mohawk.

The search for Shantina and Azriel was called off late Tuesday afternoon and no new searches are planned.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with any information on Shantina and her son. Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 360-786-5530 or 5500.

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