The Lansing Police Department has confirmed the tragic discovery of the body of Wynter Cole Smith, a 2-year-old girl who went missing after her mother’s ex-boyfriend allegedly kidnapped her. The announcement was made by Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee during a press conference on Wednesday night. After an extensive three-day search, Wynter’s body was found by Detroit police officers on Detroit’s east side. This devastating news comes after authorities had been tirelessly searching for the toddler, utilizing helicopters, drones, K-9s, and search parties.
The incident began when Lansing police responded to a reported stabbing on Sunday night. A 22-year-old woman was found with stab wounds and informed the police that 26-year-old Rashad Trice was responsible for the attack. She was immediately taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. It is believed that Trice then stole the woman’s car and fled with Wynter, who was not present at the scene that night. The authorities issued an Amber Alert and offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to Wynter’s safe return.
After days of intense searching, Wynter’s body was discovered on Detroit’s east side, just before 7 p.m. The Lansing Police Department confirmed the findings, expressing their deep condolences to the family. The FBI had been involved in the investigation and had offered the reward for information. Meanwhile, Rashad Maleek Trice, the man accused of kidnapping Wynter, was arrested in St. Clair Shores on Monday. He has since been charged with multiple felonies and is currently being held without bond.
As the investigation continues, authorities will focus on gathering evidence and building a case against Rashad Maleek Trice. The motive behind the alleged kidnapping and the events leading up to Wynter’s death will be thoroughly examined. The Lansing Police Department has expressed their gratitude for the community’s support and encourages anyone with additional information to come forward.