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Family holds vigil for missing toddler

Update: The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office said it got a lead that Deorr Kunz Jr. was seen at the Ammon Walmart on Monday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office got surveillance video from Walmart and located the vehicle and driver in question, but has ruled out a connection to Deorr.

The search continued Monday night for the missing toddler in Lemhi County, the boy’s father says.

“We’ll find him. One way or another we will find him. No matter what it takes,” said Deorr Kunz Sr.

Family members sayDeorr Kunz Jr. was last seen camping Friday afternoon at the Timber Creek Campground at Stone Reservoir when he was reported missing.

The boys parents, Jessica Mitchell and Deorr Kunz Sr. held a vigil Monday to thank volunteers, family and friends for their support. They also wanted to make it clear that the search was still on for their son following reports that the search had been suspended.

“The search is still 100 percent on. The word suspended should not have been used. It should have been ‘redirected’,” said Kunz. “The worst thing to happen is to drive out from a mountain and not have your child like when you drove in.”

During the vigil, the family passed out flyers and candles, asking that people keep a look out for the toddler.

“Please… in a split second your whole world could be changed and turned upside down forever,” Kunz Sr. said. “There’s not much to be said. (Just) one small mistake as a parent, leaving him with an adult that turns his head just for a minute. They move. They go. Please cherish and love each other.”

Deorr Kunz Jr. was last seen wearing a camo jac.ket, blue sweatpants and camo cowboy boots.

Lemhi County Sheriff’s Incident Commander Dave Morelli said an Amber Alert was not issued for the missing toddler due to the disappearance timeline and other criteria that the case did not meet.

If you see the boy or anything unusual in the area, call the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 756-8980

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