Body Believed to Be of Missing 2-Year-Old Aiden Salcido Found in Montana: FBI

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
July 29, 2019 Updated: July 29, 2019

Searchers in Montana said they believe they have discovered the remains of a 2-year-old missing Oregon boy whose parents died in an alleged murder-suicide.

Aiden Castiel Salcido’s body was found in a remote section of Montana on July 28, according to reports. He is the son of Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak, who were found dead in Kalispell, Montana, Fox News reported.

The FBI’s office in Portland, Oregon, in an update at around 6 p.m. on Sunday, wrote on Twitter about the finding.

“We want to share with you that Montana authorities have found what is believed to be the remains of the missing Medford, Oregon, 2-year-old, Aiden Salcido. Thank you to all who shared in the search. Please keep Aiden’s family & friends in your thoughts,” the office said.

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This combination of undated photos released by the Medford Police Department via the FBI shows Hannah Janiak, left, and Daniel Salcido, parents of Aiden Salcido. (Medford Police Department/FBI via AP)

The family formerly lived in Medford, Oregon. Witnesses said they saw the boy’s parents in the same area in Montana.

The bodies of Salcido and Janiak were found in their car on July 25 following a police chase, the broadcaster reported. According to Fox, they had felony burglary warrants for their arrest.

Officials found the woman died of a gunshot wound to her head. Salcido was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the FBI told Fox.

The boy wasn’t found in the SUV, Fox reported. Meanwhile, it isn’t clear how the boy died.

In recent surveillance footage on July 25, Salcido and Janiak were seen, but Aiden was not, said investigators.

The Jackson County, Oregon, Sheriff’s Office investigated the couple for a burglary in 2018, the FBI said. Both were convicted of the charges. Janiak was to begin serving her sentence at the Jackson County Jail on June 11, the FBI said.

When she failed to show up, felony warrants were issued for the couple’s arrest.

Relatives described Janiak to law enforcement as a good mother who had mental health issues. Relatives also told law enforcement that the family was homeless and would camp along a greenway in Medford.

Investigators searched Janiak’s financial records and found that the last activity was on June 3 and June 4, when two purchases were made at a Walmart in Medford, the FBI said. The purchases of camping equipment were caught on surveillance video, which showed the parents and Aiden together.

Facts About Crime in the US

Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).

The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.

The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.

From 1993 to 2017, the rate of violent victimization declined 74 percent, from 79.8 to 20.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older,” the U.S. Department of Justice stated.

Both studies are based on data collected up to and including 2017, the most recent year for which complete figures are available.

The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.