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Lemhi County sheriff scales back wilderness search for missing boy

The search for a missing boy in the Central Idaho wilderness will continue, but the intensive effort is being scaled down, the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Monday.

Authorities have not ruled out abduction by strangers or wild animals in the disappearance of DeOrr Kunz Jr., who is two and a half years old.

DeOrr has been missing since Friday, July 10. That’s when the toddler’s parents reported him missing while on a camping trip near Timber Creek Reservoir, about 55 miles southeast of Salmon.

Searchers have scoured a 2.5-mile radius around the campgrounds. More than 300 people were involved in a grid search around the reservoir. Scent and cadaver dogs were brought in to help with the search, and divers have searched the water.

DeOrr’s parents, who have agreed to submit to polygraphs, are not considered suspects in the boy’s disappearance, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

The missing boy is described as having blond, shaggy hair and wearing a camo jacket, blue pajama-style pants and cowboy boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Idaho Fusion Center at 208-846-7676, or the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office at 208-756-8980.

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