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New information, evidence discovered in search for missing Idaho toddler

By Nate Eaton, | Posted - May 24, 2016 at 5:35 p.m.

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LEADORE, Idaho — New information and evidence was collected during a search for missing Idaho Falls toddler DeOrr Kunz, Jr., Lemhi County Sheriff Chief Deputy Steve Penner said Monday.

Penner tells the evidence was collected during a three-day search of Timber Creek Campground.

Deputies with the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office and other sheriff’s offices, along with search and rescue teams and state and federal agencies, participated in the intensive search.

“Evidence and information gathered during the course of the search will be analyzed and used to drive the investigation forward and assist in the planning of future searches,” Penner said.


Authorities have not elaborated on what that evidence was.

The campground, located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, was closed to the public in mid-April by the sheriff’s office and U.S. Forest Service to restrict activity in the area.

DeOrr disappeared July 10 while on a camping trip in Leadore with his parents, great-grandfather and a family friend. There has been no sign of the now 3-year-old since he disappeared, and local investigators believe the child was either accidentally or intentionally killed.

Nobody has been charged in the case, but investigators have said the boy’s parents, Vernal DeOrr Kunz and Jessica Mitchell, are considered suspects.

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