Detroit — Investigators are awaiting a DNA test to determine if a body found in a vacant house on the west side is that of 5-year-old Mariha Trenice Smith, who disappeared from a home about a mile from the scorched dwelling.
"I really do feel my grandbaby's (alive)," grandmother Diane Henry, 45, said Wednesday afternoon. "It's in my heart."
Mariha was last seen around 3:30 a.m. Sunday sleeping on the floor of her aunt Quanita Smith's home on the 3800 block of Burlingame Street.
Detroit firefighters found a body matching Mariha's description in a burned vacant house on the 2900 block of Waverly Street, but needed to run DNA tests because Mariha had no dental records.
Detroit Police are holding Quanita Smith after she failed some aspect of a lie detector test earlier this week, Henry said. Police can hold her for more than 48 hours because she had outstanding traffic violations, Sgt. Eren Stephens said. She added police are looking for Mariha and treating the two cases separately.