Gem County Sheriff: Body found believed to be missing 8-year-old, 2 others safe

Gem County Sheriff's Office looking for 3 missing children, last seen in Emmett
Posted at 9:54 PM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 10:48:11-04

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Gem County Sheriff's officers confirm investigators discovered a body they believe is the missing 8-year-old girl.

Sheriff Donnie Wunder said they believe the body to be 8-year-old Taryn Summers, who was last seen April 12 in Emmett.

Wunder said the body was not found with 17-year-old Tristan Sexton and 14-year-old Taylor Summers, who were reported as runaways last year. Wunder said police do not believe they were recently with Taryn.

Police have been in contact with Taylor and do not believe she is in danger at this time, Wunder said. Family has since been in contact with Tristan and officers do not believe he is in danger currently, Wunder said.

Gem County Sheriff: Dead body found believed to be missing 8-year-old, 2 others safe

A suspect has been arrested in Ada County, according to Wunder. Ada County arrest logs show 54-year-old Connie Ann Smith of Emmett was arrested on first-degree murder charges.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: The Gem County Coroner is at the scene on a residential Emmett property where police are investigating three missing children, according to an Idaho State Police officer.

This is a breaking news story. Idaho news 6 has a crew on scene and will update as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: The Gem County Sheriff's Office says it is continuing the active investigation about the three missing children who were last seen on different days in Emmett. Police say the focus is on finding Taryn, who was reported missing on April 12, 2021. Her status is "missing child" because of her age, but it is believed that she may have run away.

Police say they have done an extensive search of the area to make sure Taryn isn't nearby or hurt. GCSO is investigating her contacts within the area to determine if she is with a friend.

Tristan and Taylor are identified as runaways and they have had "frequent contact" with family members and are not considered to be in danger at this time. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the children should call the Gem County Sheriff's Office at 208-365-3521.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Gem County Sheriff's Office is looking for three missing children who were last seen in Emmett on three different days. Officials say the three children — Tristan Conner Sexton (17), Taylor Summers (14), and Taryn Summers (8) — were all last seen near Airport Road and Highway 52 in Emmett.

Tristan was last seen in the area on Sept. 10, 2020, according to Gem County Sheriff's Office. He is described as having red hair, 5-foot-7-inches and 185 lbs and might wear glasses.

Taylor Summers was last seen Oct. 19, 2020. Officials say she has brown hair and hazel eyes, is 5-foot-3-inches and 135 lbs.

Taryn Summers was last seen April 12, 2021. The 8-year-old is described as hving strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes, 4-foot and 65 lbs. Officials say she occasionally wears glasses but may not be wearing them.

Anyone with any information regarding these children is asked to contact the Gem County Sheriff’s Office at 208-365-3521 or Lt. Jason McIntosh at 208-817-3030.