Skeletons found in badger hole are the remains of 2 children, officials say

The skeletal remains found April 15 in a badger hole north of Mountain Home are those of two children, not one as initially believed, authorities said Monday.

Investigators determined that two children were buried on top of one another near Hot Creek Road, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office previously said the remains were protruding from a grave being used as a badger den. The bones were estimated to have been buried 15 to 20 years ago.

The sheriff’s office said it has been told unofficially that the first set of skeletal remains are from a child perhaps 3 to 5 years old, and the second from a child around 4 to 9 years old. Officials have not yet been able to determine the sex of the children.

Boise State University personnel are aiding with forensics. Investigators plan to use carbon dating to determine exactly when the bodies were buried and their ages. They are asking surrounding law enforcement agencies about missing-child cases outside of Elmore County. The sheriff’s office has not ruled out foul play.

The sheriff’s office said the site does not show characteristics of a Native American burial site.

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