Police in Leadore, Idaho continue to investigate the disappearance of the missing toddler Deorr Kunn Jr, July 9. The East Idaho News said July 27, that it’s official: police don’t suspect Isaac Reinwand, despite his criminal record. Reinwand is the heretofore unnamed “family friend” and one of only four adults at the campsite when Deorr went missing. Reinwand says Deorr just disappeared.
Deorr’s parents, mom Jessica Mitchell and dad Deorr Kunz Sr., are similarly not suspected. Police say that Reinwand is a “person of interest,” just as Mitchell and Kunz are, only because he was at the campsite with Deorr. The child’s great-grandfather, who has also not been named, has never been suspected because of his age and physical and mental health limitations.
But Reinwand has a criminal background. However there have never been any charges involving children, as social media scuttlebutt had it. Debate raged on social media why police were reluctant to consider Reinwand more closely. Internet users said he was a known sex offender. Police say background data on Reinwand is conflicting. He was charged in 2006 with felony rape. But those charges were reduced to misdemeanor domestic battery.
There was also discussion around Reinwand when his name wasn’t identified. He was at the scene, but Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman, who has led the investigation, says his testimony checked out and Reinwand is being considered as one of the family, whose testimonies the police have accepted. Reinwand has been a friend of the grandfather’s for five years, but Deorr’s parents had just met him.
Police haven’t ruled out abduction, but also say they don’t suspect foul play. The idea of attack by wild animals was suggested but investigators said there is usually some evidence left behind, like clothing. Abduction seems unlikely as police have found no one else near the campsite but the parents, grandfather and Reinwand. Parents thought grandpa was watching him when they went to the creek nearby and grandpa thought he was with them. That Deorr wandered off seems unlikely because the terrain is so rough and he is so young.
Police and missing child experts have combed the Timber Creek/Stone Reservoir area and Deorr seems to have vanished without a trace. They’ve found literally zero evidence. Cadaver dogs picked up scent near the reservoir, but later it was found that someone had sprinked cremains there it had thrown the dogs off. Meanwhile, the Lehmi County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says its scaling down the extensive search for Deorr Kunz Jr., to refocus on the Stone Reservoir. Divers with Salmon Search & Rescue have been over this lake several times, but continue to explore it.