SALMON – Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says the child featured on a viral Facebook post is not missing Idaho Falls toddler DeOrr Kunz Jr.
Thousands have shared the photo, originally posted Sunday Sept. 13 by a woman named Maria Red Rum.
Rum writes: “Missing child 9/13 found at motel 6 7450 patella ave stanton ca. 2-3 years of age brown eyes blond hair about 30-35 pounds doesn’t talk much if any information on who might know this child contact stanton pd asap he is in their custody”
The child looks like two-year-old DeOrr Kunz, Jr. and many of you have contacted EastIdahoNews.com asking if the young boy has been found.
DeOrr Kunz Jr., left, looks similar to the child featured on the right.
“We followed up on this picture,” Bowerman says. “The local police found the childs mother nearby. She was looking for her child. It is not DeOrr.”
EastIdahoNews.com spoke with a clerk at the Motel 6 in Stanton, California who confirmed a young child, likely two or three years old, wandered into the motel on Sept. 13. The worker says the boy was dirty and wearing a soiled diaper.
Motel workers contacted police and, according to authorities, the child was claimed by a woman who said she was his mother two hours later.