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MEDFORD, Ore. —
UPDATE: Investigators in Lincoln County, Montana confirmed on Thursday that the body of a toddler recovered from a remote area of the state over the weekend belongs to 2-year-old Aiden Salcido.
A search effort for Salcido began last week after his parents were found dead during a traffic stop in an apparent murder-suicide. Before apparently fleeing the state, Salcido and his parents — Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak — had lived in the Medford area.
Salcido died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Searchers found Salcido's body in the woods near West Fisher Creek after witnesses reported seeing the family camped in the area prior to their deaths.
(Updated 9/1/19 at 3:30 p.m.)
UPDATE: Montana police have found the body of a toddler that they believe is 2-year-old Aiden Salcido. The body was found in a remote area of Montana, in an area near where his parents were seen by several witnesses in the days prior.
The body has not yet been positively identified as Aiden.
Medford Police says the cause and manner of death will not be disclosed until an autopsy can be done.
(Updated 7/28/19 at 1:50 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: Police are looking for any information that could lead them to a missing child after his parents were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide during a traffic stop in Montana.
Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were known to local law enforcement, and were reported missing on June 11 of this year after Janiak failed to show up for her sentencing hearing in a burglary case. Together they had a 2-year-old boy, Aiden Salcido.
"Family was concerned for Hannah, Daniel and Aiden’s welfare as they have made no contact with any friends or family," The Medford Police Department (MPD) said. "Hannah was described as a good mother. Family also said the trio were homeless and would camp along the greenway in Medford. Family said that Hannah suffers from mental health issues."
More than a month went by without any new information about the couple, other than evidence that they purchased camping gear at Walmart between June 3 and 4.
On Thursday, Medford Police detectives received word from the Kalispell Police Department in Montana that they had tried to stop a 1996 GMC Jimmy with Oregon plates.
"They contacted the male driver and female passenger, who were believed to be giving false information about their identity. During the stop, the vehicle fled and led officers on a pursuit," MPD said.
Officers spiked the vehicle's tires and it came to a stop. But when the officers approached the vehicle, they found both the man and woman dead.
"The female was believed to have been shot in the head, and the male had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," MPD said.
Kalispell Police determined that the man and woman were Salcido and Janiak. There was no sign of Aiden, and no evidence of a child having been in the vehicle.
"Investigators are greatly concerned for Aiden’s welfare and are asking for the public’s help in locating him safely and expeditiously," MPD said.
The GMC Jimmy was found to have been sold to "an unknown person" in Central Point during late June or early July, MPD said.
Detectives are seeking any information on this family’s whereabouts since they have been reported missing, or any information that could assist in locating Aiden. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is assisting with the case. If you have any information, please call 541-774-2258 and reference case #19-10842.
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