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Remains of child ‘between 1 to 5 years’ discovered near Mountain Home


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The following is a news release from the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.

MOUNTAIN HOME — The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office was notified Saturday of the discovery of skeletal remains of what appears to be a young child between the ages of one and five years old by Idaho Fish and Game officers just north of Mountain Home. The remains were partially uncovered inside a badger hole.

Members of the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Bureau of Land Management recovered the remains after consultation with archaeologists and a tribal representative.

It is clear by the condition of the remains that they have been buried for a considerable amount of time. There were no fibrous materials such as clothing located with the remains.

Archaeologists are investigating the remains to determine if there is a connection to the nearby Oregon Trail network. The BLM Archaeologist for the area where the bones were found said they did not exhibit Native American characteristics based on terrain locations.

At this time the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has not ruled out criminal activity.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is working with surrounding agencies to determine possible links to cases outside Elmore County.

This is an ongoing investigation.