Dallas Police are anxious to speak with anyone who might have information about the death of former Sherman High School student Mikayla Mitchell.
Dallas Detective Steve David said he has spoken with a number of people in Sherman and Denison and there are a lot of rumors flying around about the crime. He said anyone with information about the case is asked to call him at 214-283-4834.
Mitchell’s body was found in a Dallas park back in July. No one has been charged with her death but David said Darnell Dwight Smith, also known as Slick Rick, is a “person of interest” in her death.
A Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report shows that on July 10, 2017 at 1:49 a.m. Mitchell was the subject of a call that came in to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department. The call asked that officers respond to a store called Skinny’s in Merkel, Texas, about an assault. The report said that Mitchell “had visible marks on her face as if she had been hit.” The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office refused to release any further details about the incident because the Dallas Police Department has an ongoing investigation open concerning Mitchell. However, the TCSO report listed a man named Darnell Smith as a suspect in the case.
David confirmed Tuesday that Mitchell was abducted from Midland and escaped in Merkel. He said just exactly why Mitchell was kidnapped was still “sketchy” at this point because Mitchell was not very forthcoming to law enforcement at that time. However, he said, his investigation shows that “she had gotten mixed up with (Smith).”
The police detective also confirmed that there are rumors floating around that Mitchell had taken either drugs or money from Smith. But, David stressed, those are just rumors. David said at this point, “everything points to him, but there is not enough to (bring charges).”
The Dallas Police detective said he is hoping that once people realize that Smith is in federal custody on drug related charges, they will be willing to open up about what they know about what happened to Mitchell. David said there are also rumors that Smith is currently jailed on charges related to Mitchell’s death and that is not true. He said it is also not true that the drug related charges Smith faces have anything to do with the drug related charges faced by Mitchell’s stepfather Dr. Howard Diamond.
Diamond faces charges including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, money laundering and abetting, distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud, and aiding and abetting. The charges also link Diamond’s prescriptions to the overdose deaths of seven people.
The Associated Press reported that the overdose deaths occurred in three Texas cities — Abilene, McKinney and Sulphur Springs. Deaths mentioned in the indictment also occurred in four Oklahoma cities — Ardmore, Hugo, Idabel and Yukon.
Diamond pleaded not guilty to those charges. The Texas Medical Board suspended Diamond’s medical license in late July.
Diamond’s prescribing of opioids outpaced every other Texas doctor save one in 2014, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS data shows that Diamond’s opioid claim count was 11,035 in 2014.