A kidnapped infant in Idaho was found dead in a wooded area, and the father suspected of killing the infant’s mother was found naked nearby, authorities said Saturday.
Police responded to a call from a group of hunters who reported seeing 10-month-old Zeke Gregory Best on an embankment on the side of a road east of Idaho Falls. discovered. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says the road is dangerous.
The naked man was identified Thursday night as 48-year-old Jeremy Albert Best, who was wanted for the murder of his 38-year-old wife, Kari Jean Randall.
Randall was found dead inside a home in Victor, Idaho, after police responded to a commotion heard by 911 dispatchers during a call from the residence. Best, who was named a suspect in Randall’s death, had fled the home with his young son, according to the sheriff’s office.
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Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the child, warning that Best was believed to be “heavily armed” and was driving a black 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe with Idaho plates. .
The day before the alleged murder and kidnapping, officers were called to the Swan Valley General Store in Bonneville County, where a man identified as Best was walking around the store without any clothes on.
Best was evaluated at the scene and taken by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he was turned over to hospital staff for “additional medical and mental health concerns,” the sheriff’s office said.
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It’s unclear what happened at the hospital, but East Idaho News reported that a hospital spokesperson confirmed that Best was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon.
Best’s Chevrolet SUV was also found on the embankment where Zeke was, authorities said. Information about how the infant died was not immediately provided.
After being taken into custody, Best was treated at the scene and booked into the Bonneville County Jail. He will be held until his arraignment.
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Bonneville County detectives, the Idaho State Police, and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation with assistance from Idaho Falls police detectives and FBI agents.