Sheriff names parents of Kunz Jr. as suspects

Posted at 11:47 AM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 00:14:47-05

SALMON, Idaho (AP) -- A central Idaho sheriff announced Monday that the parents of a 2-year-old boy who went missing in July are suspects in the disappearance.

Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz Sr. have been "less than truthful."

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

Bowerman says the couple has not been arrested and no warrants have been issued. He says an arrest isn't imminent because the situation could change if DeOrr Kunz Jr. is found.

The boy was last seen on July 10 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.

"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 a phone interview.