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Parents of missing Idaho toddler believe he's still alive

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Idaho Falls — It's been three weeks since DeOrr Kunz Jr. disappeared and his parents said Friday they believe he is still alive.

"We continue to hope and pray that our 'lil man' will be found soon," Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz Sr., DeOrr's parents, said in a short written statement to

Their comments came the same day Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman told KBOI 2News the FBI is helping his detectives with the investigation.

DeOrr's parents confirm they have been in contact with the FBI and, according to Kunz, investigators have searched their house and vehicles.

DeOrr was last seen July 10 while camping with his parents, Mitchell's grandfather and Isaac Reinwand, a family friend, at Timber Creek campground in Leadore. DeOrr's parents said they went to explore and left the toddler with their grandfather. The grandfather assumed DeOrr was with his parents.

Earlier this week, Bowerman told that DeOrr's parents, great-grandfather and Reinwand are considered "persons of interest" because they were all at the campsite but, at this point, none of them are considered suspects.

Detectives are not releasing many new details on the investigation, but Bowerman told KBOI he is convinced Deorr was not abducted. However, he said the possibility has not been ruled out.

Kunz and Mitchell said Friday they will continue to work with investigators until their son is found.

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