The body of a toddler was found over the weekend in a rural area of Montana, and authorities believe the remains likely belong to the two-year-old son of an Oregon couple that was killed in an apparent murder-suicide.
Tips were called in Sunday, leading investigators to a camp where Aiden Salcido’s parents had recently been seen, CNN reports. There, the remains of a toddler were found. The family reportedly lived at the camp briefly, KATU in Portland reports.
A positive identification has not been officially made but an autopsy on the child’s remains has been scheduled.
Salcido’s parents, Hannah Janiak and Daniel Salcido, were found dead Wednesday in Kalispell, Montana, in an apparent murder-suicide. Both were on the run from the law. The couple was wanted on felony warrants in Oregon for a 2018 burglary. Both were convicted of burglary but neither showed up for the sentencing hearing.
Instead, it appears they fled the state, and ultimately met their demise.
Shortly before the couple was found dead, they were involved in a vehicle pursuit with law enforcement. The chase reportedly began after police pulled the couple over and suspected that they gave deceitful information about their identities, CNN reports. The couple tried to flee but law enforcement spiked their tires.
In the end, Janiak was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head. Salcido is believed to have killed her before he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It’s not clear to law enforcement how or when their child died. Investigators began a desperate search for the child after his parents' deaths.
The family was reportedly homeless. Janiak has been described as a good mother suffering from mental health issues, the Associated Press reports.
A Medford, Oregon, Walmart surveillance video captured the parents and Aiden together buying camping equipment in early June, the Associated Press reports. On Thursday, the couple was captured again on a Walmart surveillance camera in Kalispell, Montana.
This time, they were without their son.
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