Police: Skeletal remains of child found in South Idaho

By Journal Staff and Wire Reports

MOUNTAIN HOME — Authorities in Southwest Idaho say the skeletal remains of a young child have been discovered.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Idaho Fish and Game officers notified them on Saturday of the discovery of the bones, which were found partially uncovered inside of a badger hole located about a half-mile north of Mountain Home.

The sheriff’s office said it appears the remains belonged to a child between the ages of 1 and 5 and have been buried for a considerable amount of time.

Police also said there were no fibrous materials, such as clothing, located with the bones.

Despite social media speculation that the remains could belong to DeOrr Kunz Jr., the 2-year-old Idaho Falls boy who disappeared during a family camping trip in 2015, Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead told multiple media outlets that it appears the newly discovered bones were buried about 15 to 20 years ago.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said it has not ruled out criminal activity and that authorities are working with surrounding law enforcement agencies to determine possible links to missing child cases outside of Elmore County.