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As the weeks have turned into months since 2-year-old DeOrr Kunz went missing during a family camping trip last year in a remote area in the mountains of Idaho, his parents have lived under a cloud of suspicion.
In January – six months after their son went missing – DeOrr Kunz Sr. and Jessica Mitchell, both 26, were named suspects. The Lemhi County Sheriff told PEOPLE “they were being less than truthful.”
But the oldest Kunz says he has received threatening messages since investigators publicly pointed the finger at him and Mitchell.
“They put a big target on my family’s back,” says Kunz, who spoke to PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I have messages on my phone that say, ‘You better pray you’re telling the truth and you didn’t do anything because I’ll throw my money in the hat and make sure you never make it to prison.'”
Four adults and the smallest DeOrr, lovingly known as Little Man to his parents, went camping on July 10, 2015 in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Kunz and Mitchell walked about 50 yards away from camp to searching for a fishing spot while Mitchell’s grandfather Robert Walton and his fishing buddy Isaac Reinwand hung around the campsite.
Both groups assumed the other was watching the toddler who loved wearing cowboy boots and his baby blue blanket. It was the last time their Little Man was seen. Kunz says investigators have tried pitting him against his family and friends so that someone will break.
“How do you break when you’re already broken,” he asks. “How do you tell more that you don’t know? They’re just pushing and pushing for something that is not there.”