IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Private investigator Phillip Klein says he is dropping his firm's investigation of the DeOrr Kunz missing persons case. He says he has notified Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner about his decision.
Klein Investigations and Consulting said the company no longer believes it can move the case forward and there is nothing further to investigate.
He said all evidence leads to the death of the boy and that his firm does not believe a kidnapping or animal attack occurred.
Klein also acknowledged that Vernal DeOrr Kunz, the boy's father, and Vernal's father Dennis Kunz have filed a new lawsuit against Klein Investigations. He believes the suit and a social media misinformation campaign are impeding the investigation.
He said the firm cannot continue to investigate while simultaneously defending itself against the lawsuit.
You can read Klein's complete statement below.