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OC Psychic Says Intuition Led Her to Murdered Boy

At least one Riverside County Sheriff’s Detective is “blown away” by the seemingly supernatural feat.

By Adam Townsend and Maggie Avants

Pam Ragland, a self-described healer, intuitive and "quantum thought shifter" based in the Lake Forest-Rancho Santa Margarita area, says her "intuition" led her straight to the body of a suspected murder victim in Menifee Wednesday night.

A positive identification on the body of a male juvenile found Wednesday in Menifee has yet to be confirmed. According to a sergeant at the Riverside County Coroner’s Office, it may take several days before the positive identification is made.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Detective John Powers told KFI-AM 640 radio Thursday that Ragland led deputies right to the body. He said Ragland called the tip line and joined the more than 1,000 volunteers searching for the body.

She approached the property without knowing it belonged to the boy's family -- his brother is in custody on suspicion of the murder -- but she also led him straight to the partially-buried body Powers hadn't seen during his initial search.

Initially, Ragland was a suspect, but deputies eventually determined she had nothing to do with the case.

"The whole thing is extremely bizarre," Powers said on the radio. "I've never experienced anything like this in my life... Not in 23 years have I seen anything like this. The whole department is blown away by this,” Powers said.

But RCSD spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa McConnell stopped short of confirming Ragland's involvement to Patch, however.

"We are only identifying the reporting party as a citizen volunteer who was out searching," she said.

Police suspect the human remains are those of Terry Smith, the 11-year-old boy who was reported missing July 7. The remains were discovered in a shallow grave in the backyard of Terry’s home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane.

Police have made an arrest in the case, the boy’s 16-year-old brother. According to Menifee Police Chief John Hill, the teen is being held on suspicion of murder.

Police had earlier confirmed that the 16-year-old half-brother of Terry’s resided at the home, along with their mother, Shawna Smith, and a female juvenile. Additionally, neighbors say a female partner of Shawna’s also lived at the residence situated on about an acre of property in a semi-rural neighborhood.

Ragland did not immediately return phone calls and a text message Friday, but her website is filled with information about her trademarked "thought shifting" and "quantum thought shifting" processes that claim to help "erase addictions," manage autism and ADHD.

She told KFI that she drove around the city "like a compass" with an off-duty firefighter in a Jeep until they drove onto the property and found the boy’s body.

Shripathi Kamath July 12, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Just what we need! A psychic promoted by the media so that gullible ones can now get ripped off with cures for autism, because snake oil salesman are really good at pitching their wares. __________________________________________________ "she also led him straight to the partially-buried body Powers hadn't seen during his initial search." So either Powers was quite sloppy, which would explain the glowing praise, or the body appeared there after he finished his initial search. Can't say which is more disconcerting.
Shawn Pearson July 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
This is a big crock of puppy poop. This woman has found some opportunistic way to benefit from this tragedy. I remember an episode of The Fugitive (television series) years back when one of the characters played the same stunt. You wouldn't have figured it out unless you know the trick, behind the scenes. In fact, this whole case smells, beyond any involvement of the half-brother.
RiverBoatQueen July 13, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Shawn and the naysayers; you are not doing anybody any favors by insulting this woman who is a "Viber." She was able to feel where the murdered boy was buried. She figured it out and I have to say that I thought his remains would be found in the home too. (But I thought he was alive and hiding from his big bully step-brother somewhere in the attic and sneaking food out of the fridge.) She "Vibed" him out. What she did was completely natural and she was able to see what others did not. I think the evil step brother moved his body after that particular area was searched and ruled "clean." She just figured it out by seeing what others didn't see. Good for her. Just because something is not scientifically explainable, doesn't mean that it's witchcraft. Have faith.
Shripathi Kamath July 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM
" She was able to feel where the murdered boy was buried." BWAHAHAHAHA! The released facts are that the place where the body was found was searched previously, and upon a second search by volunteers, one of whom appears to be Pam Ragland, the body was discovered. It was not felt, it was identified as a possible location and then searched. The real question is why did blood hounds and other people miss a body not buried all that deep. "Just because something is not scientifically explainable, doesn't mean that it's witchcraft. " Correct, it also does not mean that one discovered it by unnatural means. She is not being accused of witchcraft, is she? __________________________________________________ "What she did was completely natural and she was able to see what others did not." It was completely natural, so why is it being called a "seemingly supernatural feat"? __________________________________________________ 'you are not doing anybody any favors by insulting this woman who is a "Viber."' Except those would-be victims of her who will pay her money to treat their loved ones afflicted with autism. Some of those will benefit.
Shawn Pearson July 20, 2013 at 01:03 AM
The mother's name and address were clearly available on the internet. A google map shows a close up satellite view of the property from four directions, north, south east and west, not to mention a street view, which clearly shows the driveway. This woman knew exactly where she was going, despite wasting three hours of the sheriff's deputy's time, by driving her around until she "sensed' something. Clearly a hoax. She should be billed for interfering with an investigation.

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