Suspects in the Deorr Kunz disappearance case have been named


Continuing coverage now on a missing Idaho toddler, suspects in the Deorr Kunz disappearance case have been named, but still no one has been arrested for a crime.

Little Deorr hasn't been seen in months, and his body's never been found.

KLEW News Anchor, Jenee Ryan is here in the studio now to tell us why one attorney believes the state would have a hard time proving a case of murder.

Well, Carol and Suzette, back in the day, the law simply stated, if you can't find a body, then there must not have been a murder. However attorneys tell us, that way of thinking is changing as DNA evidence becomes more reliable. But that new thinking doesn't seem to make this case any easier for the state.

Vernal Deorr Kunz and Jessica Mitchell say their two-and-a-half year old disappeared in July during a camping trip in eastern Idaho.

However, within the last month, the Lemhi County Sheriff's Office, FBI, and the private investigator the parents hired, say they now believe the parents have been lying to investigators.

"My belief is charges will be filed," said Investigator Phillip Klein. "I do not know when... I do not know what those charges will be, but I do know that there is extensive conversation at this point regarding what those charges will be... But my belief is that charges will be filed probably in the near future."

Former Idaho Attorney General, David Leroy said it's only been within the last 100 years, that we've seen changes brought against people for murder when a body hasn't been found. But he says when looking at the evidence in Deorr Junior's case, it's hard to build a case until the toddler's body is found.

"It's impossible for any of us to guess what proof's there may be," said David Leroy, attorney. "It's impossible, in my opinion, to bring charges unless you have a body alleging the homicide of a small person in an outdoor area. There's simply too many unopened questions for any jury to find beyond unreasonable doubt that a conviction could take place."

We've reached out to the Lemhi County Sheriff's Office to get an update on any possible charges but we haven't heard back yet.

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