Local authorities in Idaho believe they have found the body of an eight-year-old child who disappeared Monday from the same rural area as her two older siblings.
They arrested a woman in connection to the girl’s death after the girl’s body was found at the woman’s home.
Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder said during a Thursday press conference that the found remains still need to be identified but investigators believe them to be those of Taryn Summers Quinton.
‘A suspect was arrested in Ada County,’ Wunder added, not providing further details as to the suspect’s identity.
An Ada County Jail roster shows that 54-year-old Connie Smith, from Emmett, was booked Thursday and charged with first-degree murder, East Idaho News reports.
Taryn’s body was found at a home at 1666 Airport Rd owned by Smith, according to KTVB.
Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder shared that found remains still need to be identified but investigators believe them to be those of Taryn Summers Quinton. Taryn went missing on April 12
An Ada County Jail roster shows that 54-year-old Connie Smith, from Emmett, was booked Thursday and charged with first-degree murder. Local authorities said that a suspect was arrested but did not provide an identity
Taryn’s siblings – 14-year-old Taylor Summers Quinton and 16-year-old Tristan Conner Sexton – are believed to be safe even though they were reported missing last fall, Wunder said.
‘Law enforcement has been in contact with Taylor and does not believe her to be in danger at this time. Family has been in contact with Tristan Sexton and law enforcement does not believe him to be in danger at this time,’ Wunder added.
The older two children were reported as runaways last fall, and the sheriff’s office says it is believed that the youngest child, Taryn, also may have run away when she disappeared on Monday, but she is listed as a missing child because of her age.
Tristan Sexton, 17 (left), and Taylor Summers, 14 (right), ran away from home in Emmett, Idaho, within a month of one another in the fall of 2020. Both are believed to be fine, according to local authorities
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‘Extensive search of the area has been conducted to assure that the child is not nearby or injured,’ stated a press release from the agency.
Officials said Tristan and Taylor continue to be identified as runaways and have had frequent contact with family members.
‘They are not considered to be in danger at this time,’ said the sheriff’s office.
Tristan was last seen on September 10, 2020, and Taylor was last seen October 19.
Taryn Summers was last seen on Monday, according to a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office.
All three children were last sighted near Airport Road and Highway 52 in Emmett.
The sheriff’s office said Taylor and Taryn, who share a last name, are related, but they did not say if they are siblings or more distant relatives.
This map shows the area near Airport Road and Highway 52 in Emmett where all three children had gone missing between September 2020 and April 12, 2021
Tristan and Taylor have been listed as runaways and have had frequent contact with family members
The agency did not immediately respond to a phone message left Wednesday by DailyMail.com.
Tristan may wear glasses. He is 5 foot 7 and 185lbs. He has red hair and blue eyes.
Taylor is 5 foot 3 and 135lbs. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Both Tristan and Taylor have been reported as runaways and may be found together.
Taryn is 4 feet tall and 65lbs, with a slight frame, strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears glasses for reading but may not have her glasses. The girl may be with the two older children.
The sheriff’s office said the case is under investigation, and asked people with information to call at 208-365-3521.