Two-year-old Deorr Kunz Jr., was last seen Friday afternoon camping with his family in the Leadore area, which is not far from the Montana border.
The Idaho Falls parents held a vigil for the child at a city park Monday, where approximately 200 people lit candles and prayed for the child as the search stretches into a fifth day Tuesday.
By Sunday, the search was scaled back and rumored to have been called off after dive teams scouring the Timber Creek and Stone reservoir turned up nothing.
His parents – Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz, Sr. – think he was kidnapped. Paul Smith told the Idaho Statesman that the boy, 2-year-old Deorr Kunz, Jr., was last seen at his campsite on Friday. Mitchell is pleading to whomever has her son to please not hurt him and to bring him home safely.
“We’re looking for you, son, and we will find you, and we love you more than anything in the world”, DeOrr’s father said in a statement to KTVB.
His parents said they thought his grandfather was watching him and the grandpa believed his parents had him. After a comprehensive search of the immediate area surrounding the campground, other resources were dispatched to include divers from the Salmon Search and Rescue and Lemhi CSO, search dogs from LCSO and Salmon PD, horseback resources from the Salmon and Leadore area and others.
“It appears like he just vanished”, grandmother Trina Bates Clegg told EastIdahoNews.com. K9s were used, and several people searched on horses and ATVs. “It’s a bad thing that he would be not with us right now, but it also means there’s a good chance that he is alive and with somebody”. “You have a lot of people that love you and are looking for you”.
The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t commented on that possibility and no AMBER Alert has been issued for the 2-year-old.
“We’ll continue to look until he’s found”, added Mitchell.