“This investigation has moved from a missing child case to a homicide investigation,” Lansing police Chief Ellery Sosebee said at a news conference Wednesday night. “This is not the outcome anyone had hoped for.”
Law enforcement personnel searched for Smith for 72 hours using divers, dogs, drones and helicopters until she was found in an alley.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement that they are “devastated by the tragic news that Wynter Cole Smith was found deceased. Our hearts are with Wynter’s family as they begin to process and grieve the unnecessary loss of a beautiful two-year old child.”
Wynter’s family also released a statement obtained by the Associated Press, which stated that they are “heartbroken over the loss of our beautiful daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece and big sister.”