The skeletal remains of a young child were found just north of Mountain Home on Saturday, according to Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.
The remains appear to be a child between the ages of 1 and 5 years old were discovered by Idaho Fish and Game officers. The remains were partially uncovered inside a badger hole.
Members of the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Fish and Game, and Bureau of Land Management recovered the remains after consultation with archeologists and a tribal representative.
It is clear to the condition of the remains that they have been buried for a considerable amount of time. There were no fibrous materials such as clothing located with the remains.
The BLM Archeologist for the area that the bones were found, said they did not exhibit Native American characteristics based on terrain locations on the visit Monday.
At this time the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has not ruled out criminal activity.
The investigation is ongoing.