Physique discovered believed to be lacking 8-year-old, suspect in custody for homicide

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EMMETT – Investigators say they found the body of a child who disappeared from Emmett on Monday.

During a press conference Thursday night, Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder said the remains have yet to be identified, but investigators believe it is 8-year-old Taryn Summers Quinton.

“A suspect was arrested in Ada County,” Wunder said. He did not disclose the suspect’s identity, but a search of the Ada County prison list reveals that a 54-year-old Emmett woman named Connie Smith was booked for first degree murder Thursday night.

Connie Smith | Ada County Sheriff’s Office

Taryn’s siblings, 16-year-old Tristan Conner Sexton and 14-year-old Taylor Summers Quinton, were reported as runways last fall. They weren’t found at Taryn’s, but Wunder believes they are safe.

Gem County Sheriff Donnie Miracle | Screengrab

“Law enforcement has contacted Taylor and doesn’t believe they are currently in any danger. The family has contacted Tristan Sexton and law enforcement doesn’t believe he is currently in any danger, “Wunder said.

Investigators said little about the case, but uncovered court documents showing that Taylor, Taryn, and a younger sibling all tested positive for hard drugs in 2019, resulting in a violation of a child’s conviction against their mother . The mother’s current spouse is currently in custody by the Idaho Justice Department on an unrelated case.

Family members have said on social media that the children were not living with their mother at the time of their disappearance.

“I would like to thank everyone for their concern and support over the past few days,” said Wunder. “At this point, I know you have a lot of questions. I will thank you in advance for your patience in answering these questions as this is still a very active case.”

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