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Timeline of suspects in Robert Manwill’s death


Daniel Ehrlick Jr. spends the first of several stints in prison. He has been convicted of burglary, battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

JUNE 2001

Melissa Jenkins' first son, Robert, is born. A month later, Jenkins marries his dad, Charles Lee Manwill. They divorce about a year later.

MAY 2003

Jenkins is married again, this time to Frank Seiber. They divorce in 2006.


Jenkins' second child, RayLynn Scott Ames, is born. The girl's father, Russell Ames, and Jenkins never marry.


Jenkins meets Ehrlick Jr. at a poker game, according to family and friends.


Jenkins ends up in a hospital with pregnancy complications and asks Charles Manwill to take custody of Robert.


Jenkins has another son, Aidan.


Aidan's skull is fractured. He is put into the custody of Idaho Health and Welfare. Five months later, Jenkins pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of injury to a child and is sentenced to 29 days of work release, fined $75.50 and put on probation through March 2011. According to court records, she "did willfully inflict" the wound by "striking the child's head on a surface." By summer 2009, Aidan is back with Jenkins and Ehrlick. He has since been put back into state custody, according to family and friends.

JULY 24, 2009

10:11 p.m. Robert is reported missing from the Oak Park Village apartment complex near Vista Avenue, launching a massive search.

JULY 27, 2009

Robert's family - including Jenkins and her boyfriend, Ehrlick Jr. - attend a press conference calling for help.

JULY 30, 2009

A forensics team searches the apartment where Robert was staying with his mother and Ehrlick Jr. They remove items and tow a vehicle.

JULY 31, 2009

An organized search brings out an estimated 2,300 volunteers.

Police report that they have evidence indicating Robert may have been injured or could be a "victim of a tragic event."

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center confirms that Ehrlick Jr. had been admitted and released from the hospital. He was treated for mental issues, according to a family member.

That night, investigators search a house and dig up its backyard on the 6600 block of Southdale Avenue. Resident Evan Wallis said he knows Robert's family but doesn't know why police are searching. He tells police someone stole his Chevy Suburban on July 22.

AUG. 3, 2009

A boy's body is found in the New York Canal near Cloverdale Road in southern Ada County. In contrast with previous press updates, Robert's family does not attend this news conference.

AUG. 5, 2009

Dental records confirm that the body is Robert's. Boise police say the autopsy showed Robert's death was "not an accident" and say they are beginning a homicide investigation.

AUG. 18, 2009

Jenkins and Ehrlick Jr. are indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with Robert's death.