|SEARCH FOR CHILD REDIRECTED|
From: Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman and Chief Deputy Steve Penner 7-20-15
The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office is officially scaling back an intensive and exhaustive search of the Timber Creek/Stone Reservoir area, southwest of Leadore, for the missing two year old boy, DeOrr Kunz.
After 10 days of searching, diving and scouring the hillsides, the Sheriff’s Office has decided to redirect the investigation.
The primary searches included multiple agencies such as; Salmon Search & Rescue, the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Bonneville County Search and Rescue, Salmon Police Department, Idaho Fish & Game, multiple canine handlers, divers and the public, especially the community of Leadore.
The family of DeOrr has continued to cooperate with law enforcement and has volunteered to take polygraphs, which is common in these types of investigations. The parents are not considered suspects and this is a routine procedure.
The Sheriff’s Office will keep a presence in the Timber Creek area, continuing to search for clues, and has not ruled out abduction by strangers or wild animals.
Numerous resources, including helicopters with FLIR, [thermal imaging] diver’s, side scan sonar, scent dogs, cadaver dogs, horses, ATV’s and over 300 people were used to grid and search the reservoir, the creek and the hillsides, with absolutely no sign of the victim.
We are asking the public to continue to report any information to the Idaho Fusion Center at 208-846-7676 or to the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office at 208-756-8980.
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