A big break in the DeOrr Kunz, Jr. case has emerged. Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman announced on Monday that the parents of missing Idaho toddler DeOrr Kunz Jr. have been named suspects in his disappearance.
Bowerman says that Jessica Mitchell and Deorr Kunz Sr. have been “less than truthful” since the investigation began, according to KTVB 7.
“They refused to give us any further information to clear up the untruthfulness and they’ve changed their story on numerous occasions,” Bowermn said.
DeOrr Kunz went missing on July 10. He was on a camping trip with his mother, Jessica Mitchell, father, DeOrr Kunz, Sr., grandfather, and a family friend. They all went to Timber Creek campground in Leadore. Search crews have diligently looked through the area for 6 months, but never found a trace of the 2-year-old.
Bowerman says he believes DeOrr’s parents know exactly where the toddler is and if he’s dead or alive.
He says the investigation is basically “centered” on the missing toddler’s parents.
At this point the couple aren’t under arrest and no warrants have been issued. Bowerman has met with prosecutors, the FBI. and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. Bowerman wants to take time and make sure they have a solid case before charging Mitchell and Kunz. He said they want make sure “all options are open” and that they don’t want to “jeopardize the investigation and charge them too early, for fear that we might find DeOrr and it might change.”
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The family hired Klein Investigations and Consulting, a firm that said a few weeks ago that they ruled out the possibility of an abduction or attack by a wild animal in the child’s disappearance.
Bowerman is still seeking the public’s help at this time to come forward with what they may know about the interactions DeOrr’s parents had with him.
“The investigation is still active, it’s still open and we will continue until we find DeOrr,” Bowerman said.
The Post Register reports that Bowerman’s decision to come forward with questions about the couple’s truthfulness partly originated from good-hearted strangers contacting him to ask if they should donate money to the family.
“I’m not saying ‘don’t donate’ to people. I’m saying I have concerns and that’s the information I feel they need to know to make that decision. It’s very important for the public to know that,” he said.
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