Campground where DeOrr Kunz Jr. went missing closed

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 15:13:25-04

There is a possible breakthrough in the case of DeOrr Kunz Jr.

Lemhi County Officials have closed the campground where DeOrr Kunz Jr. went missing nearly 4 years ago. The Timber Creek portion of Lemhi County will be closed until July 1, and they say the closure is due to the Lemhi County Sheriff's Office practicing due diligence in the ongoing missing child investigation.

Investigator David Marshburn said his dogs hit on "something" earlier this month, which prompted a search by the Sheriff. However, the Sheriff says there is "nothing substantiated at this time" and no one will be allowed into the search area when the search begins on Friday.

The Sheriff's Office has searched the campground yearly since DeOrr went missing back in July of 2015.

The parents of the 2-year-old boy are suspects in the disappearance, although a body hasn't been recovered and no charges have been filed.

In an interview with 6 On Your Side back in 2016, Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman said Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz Sr. had been "less than truthful."

"I'm willing at this point to declare that the parents are being less than truthful with us due to discrepancies in their interviews and in their polygraph administrations, which have been multiple. I've moved them to the top of the list in terms of persons of interest in this investigation," Sheriff Lynn Bowerman explained during the 2016 interview.

Bowerman said that he believes the parents know the location of DeOrr Kunz Jr. and whether he's dead or alive.

The couple has not been arrested and no warrants have been issued. No charges have been filed either.

The toddler was last seen on July 10, 2015, at his family's campsite at Timber Creek Campground, just south of the town of Leadore near the Montana border.

Despite numerous searches, no trace of Kunz has been found.