A private investigative firm hired by the family released findings on the missing Idaho toddler DeOrr Kunz Jr., case. Now parents Jessica Miller and DeOrr Kunz Sr., are suspected, reported the East Idaho News on Jan. 25. Originally, Lemhi County Sheriff Deputy Steve Penner said he was “good with” statements from Jessica Miller and DeOrr Kunz Sr. The parents offered to take DNA and lie detector tests. But now Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says the parents of DeOrr Kunz Jr. have been “less than truthful” in interviews with FBI, investigators and on polygraph tests. Both DeOrr Kunz Sr. and Jessica Mitchell were officially named suspects Monday in connection with the missing Idaho toddler. Sheriff Lynn Bowerman is also “100 percent sure” that DeOrr Kunz Jr. was not abducted. The private investigator’s team ruled out assault by wild animals and kidnapping and says the missing Idaho toddler is probably dead and the body has just not been found.
Mom Jessica Mitchell and dad DeOrr Kunz Sr. have, according to Sheriff Lynn Bowerman, changed their versions many times, of what happened at the family camping trip on July 10. Timber Creek Campground in rural Leadore in Lemhi County, Idaho is the last place DeOrr Kunz Jr. was seen. In a July interview both Kunz Sr and Mitchell claimed they left their son with Robert Walton, Mitchell’s grandfather and Isaac Reinwand, Walton’s friend and went for a for a 20-minute walk. At first, the story was the classic one where both parties thought the other was watching and the child wandered off unsupervised by either.
But extensive searches for the missing Idaho toddler by divers, helicopters, FBI searchers, missing children experts and scent dogs revealed not one scrap of evidence on DeOrr Kunz Jr, It was argued that a little two-year-old boy could not have managed to get very far without leaving some trace. Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz Sr have given investigators conflicting stories “since the beginning” despite the fact that Lemhi County police said they were satisfied with the parents’ stories at first. Now Bowerman says their stories vary. The parents’ timelines, movements and locations keep changing.
Additionally, Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says parts of their polygraph test results have been inconclusive, such as whether Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz Sr. know where their son is, what happened to him or why he disappeared. It’s frustrating to investigators because they have no idea where the DeOrr Kunz Jr. is. Statements don’t match, and the inconsistencies make it hard to extract the truth. Lynn Bowerman did add that polygraphs from Isaac Reinwand and Robert Walton were inconclusive, but that was expected given their mental states.
Neither Isaac Reinwand nor Robert Walton have been cleared in the disappearance of the missing Idaho toddler, but police are concentrating on DeOrr Kunz Sr. and Jessica Mitchell, Bowerman asked that anyone who has any relevant information on Kunz or Mitchell to come forward. To solve the case, investigators need the public’s help.