One year ago Friday a gruesome triple murder was discovered in the small Idaho town of Holbrook. The killings left two little girls without their parents. Now one year later the case is still open but new information is trickling out.
The Oneida county sheriff's office learned about the murders one day after they occurred on April 5, 2013 when a man went to pick up a dog from the home in remote Oneida County. When he arrived, he saw a little girl sitting on the porch out in the cold. Inside, three people were dead and a baby girl was found next to the bodies of the children's mother and father.
A marijuana grow worth $100,000 was also found on the property as were 64 pit bulls, that officials believe were part of a dog fighting ring.
There still isn't definite answers on what happened at the house 12 months ago but Oneida County Sheriff Jeff Semrad says they are still very active in the investigation and are optimistic in solving the case. There are multiple agencies working on this all at the city, state and federal level. More evidence has actually just been sent to the FBI lab this morning that they received from other agencies cases that could be connected to this one. So far they estimate to have submitted over 200 pieces of evidence.
Currently they are focused on specific suspects both in Utah and in California. It is also believed that some of this case could have ties to gangs in the region.
Now this case has grown a lot larger than a small county with seven deputies could have ever imagined, but it is one that they will continue to work on every day until this case is solved.
"It has changed our lives. It really has and we feel a great devotion to the victims and we tell everyone who we are working for are two little girls who no longer their parents," said Sheriff Semrad.
Semrad would like to remind the public that this is not what you see on crime shows on television. Building a case like this can take a year or two so it could be awhile before we have all the answers.
As far as the dogs go, the humane society out of Boise says about 20 of the animals have found new homes.