Everett Police make arrest in death of missing 4-year-old child

Saturday, March 30, 2024

EVERETT, WA – On Friday, March 29, 2024, the Everett Police Department made an arrest in the death of local, missing 4-year-old, Ariel Garcia. 

Members of the department’s Violent Crime Unit arrested Janet Garcia, Ariel’s mother, in Vancouver, Wash. for Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree and Assault of a Child in the First Degree, with the assistance of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). 

Janet was a person of interest and her whereabouts were known early on in the investigation. She will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

Janet was placed in custody by CCSO for making false and misleading statements within a few hours of Ariel being reported missing on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Her vehicle was impounded by CCSO the same day.

At approximately, 5:55pm on Thursday, March 28, 2024, Everett Police were notified that a body had been located along I-5 in Pierce County. EPD Detectives responded to the location and were able to confirm the deceased is Ariel Garcia. The family has been notified. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner now has custody and will determine the cause and manner of death.


Anonymous,  March 30, 2024 at 10:00 AM  

really sad. how can we as a society offer support to parents? something went wrong early and horrible here -- maybe it's past time to revisit the multigenerational household so the burdens of working, raising children, maintaining the abode do not fall only to one or two people but could be shared amongst many - nice to be able to have grandma or uncle step in and give young mom a break when the two year old is acting like a two-year-old!

Anonymous,  March 30, 2024 at 8:22 PM  

I read and watch true crime, and often shake my head at how many people choose murder, rather than some other choice. In this case, why not adoption, for Pete's sake? Why do Americans choose murder when there are many other choices?
(no need to answer... just frustrated by my fellow citizens)

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