IDAHO father Jeremy Albert Best was taken into custody by police following the murder of his wife Kali Jean Randall and his son Zeke’s death.
The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Saturday morning from a group of hunters, per a press release.
Authorities were informed that a man was in a sleeping bag naked on the side of the road and was making “odd statements.”
They responded to the scene and identified Best as the man. He was taken into custody and deputies searched the scene.
The police located Best’s vehicle and his child Zeke, who was found dead. The statement did not specify where Zeke was located and how the child died.
Police began searching for Best after finding his wife dead in their home on Thursday night. Authorities suspected Best kidnapped their 10-month-old, Zeke, and issued an Amber Alert for the child.
Best is in custody at the Bonneville County Jail and has been charged with homicide.
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Zeke’s cause of death not released
The statement police shared following Jeremy Albert Best’s arrest did not include his son Zeke’s cause of death.
It is unclear how the 10-month-old died or where he was located.
Police found the baby’s body along with Best’s black Chevy SUV after responding to the call that Best had been located.
It is unclear where Zeke was found.
Wife’s family releases statement
Meg Fischer, Kali Jean Randall’s cousin has released a statement on behalf of the murdered mom’s family.
“We thank all of you for walking with us during this time,” Fischer wrote, per Fox affiliate KIDK.
“Our Zeke is now at rest with his loving mama and unborn sibling. The pain we feel is unimaginable and we thank everyone for their support.
“You will never know how you have lifted our family up during this time.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, we ask for privacy as we take time to process and grieve.”
Best booked in county jail
Jeremy Best was booked in the Bonneville County Jail after police apprehended him on the side of the road.
He is charged with homicide and will remain in jail until his arraignment.
Police have not issued a cause of death for his son, Zeke.
Statement from Kali Randall’s family, part two
Meg Fischer shared a statement from Randall’s family to East Idaho News that read: “In the wake of the devastating loss of our beloved Kali and her unborn baby, our family is overwhelmed with grief and sorrow.
“Our hearts ache, and our focus is entirely on the safe return of baby Zeke. In the midst of every family’s worst nightmare, we humbly request privacy as we focus our energy on the safe return of Kali’s beloved son, Zeke.”
The statement was shared with the outlet prior to Zeke’s death. The baby was found this morning and police apprehended Jeremy Best.
Statement from Kali Randall’s family
Meg Fischer, Kali Randall’s cousin, told East Idaho News that she w as a “free spirit” after her death.
Fischer said: “She was called to the mountains and made her home there. She was a lover of animals, especially her dogs.”
“Motherhood was her greatest joy and we assume she gave her life protecting her children. We love her endlessly.”
Fischer added that Kali was expecting her second child.
Amber Alert activated Friday morning
An Amber Alert was activated on Friday morning to locate Zeke after officials responded to a call at Best’s home.
Dispatch reportedly heard a disturbance on the other end of the line and sent officers to a home near the 4600 block of Skyline Loop, per Fox News.
Explaining Jeremy Albert Best’s disappearance, part two
Authorities ruled Kali Jean Randall’s death a homicide and announced that Best was the suspected killer.
They discovered that their son, Zeke, was missing and suspected Best had kidnapped him after fleeing the scene.
Zeke’s body was found on Saturday and Best is in custody.
Explaining Jeremy Albert Best’s disappearance
Jeremy Albert Best was taken to a hospital Thursday morning by police after disturbing behavior at a local general store.
He was released the same day, however, authorities made the gruesome discovery of his wife’s dead body shortly after.
Best’s wife, Kali Jean Randall, 38, was found dead in their home after Teton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance.
More information to come
The Bonneville Sheriff’s Office concluded in a news release: “Our thoughts are with the family of the victims involved in this case.
“Further information about this case will be available at an appropriate time in the future as the investigation is still ongoing.”
The Bonneville Sheriff’s Office said in a news release: “At this time Bonneville County Detectives, Idaho State Police, and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office are processing the scene and continuing to investigate.
“Idaho Falls Police Detectives and Agents from the FBI are also assisting at the scene. After a medical clearance, Mr. Best was transported to the Bonneville County Jail and booked for the outstanding Teton County Warrant.
“Best will remain incarcerated until arraignment before the court.”
Zeke’s body was found by police
Deputies apprehended Jeremy Best after receiving a call from a group of individuals who came across him sleeping on the side of the road.
They placed Best in a patrol car until Idaho Falls Ambulance personnel arrived.
Deputies were then able to locate Best’s vehicle, a black Chevy SUV, and Zeke’s body, according to a news release.
Authorities responded this morning
Authorities located Jeremy Albert Best this morning after receiving a call from a group of individuals who were hunting in the area.
The group notified police that a man was sleeping on the side of the road naked and making odd statements.
They later identified the man as Jeremy Albert Best, per a news release.
Jeremy Albert Best in custody
Jeremy Albert Best has been placed in custody.
Hunters reported a man sleeping on the side of the road and making odd statements to authorities.
They responded to the scene, apprehended Best, and found his son Zeke’s body.
Silencing Amber Alerts: How-to
iPhone users can turn off the alert by following these steps:
- Go to Settings – Notifcations
- Scroll to Government Alerts section
- Toggle off Amber Alerts and/or any other Emergency Alerts
Android users can turn off the alert by following these steps:
- Go to Settings – Apps & notifications
- Click Advanced
- Select Wireless emergency alerts
- Toggle off Amber Alerts
Silencing Amber Alerts
The default option on the majority of contemporary phones is to notify users when a kid has been abducted in the region via Amber Alerts.
An Amber Alert is likely to make a phone ring, even if it is silenced.
They are available for use at any time of day.
Getting Amber Alerts on your phone
Navigate to “notifications” after selecting “settings” on your smartphone.
When you reach the bottom of the screen, you’ll see choices under “government alerts.”
Among the alternatives will be Public Safety Alerts, Emergency Alerts, and Amber Alerts.
Where the name for the Amber Alert came from, continued
Detective Ben Lopez of the Arlington Police Department told NBC News in 2016 that “it’s been extremely frustrating for it to go on this long and not have it solved.
“We have other cold cases and they’re all frustrating, we want to solve them all, but 20 years is a long time.
“It’s frustrating not to be able to give the mom and the family an answer.”
Authorities have received thousands of tips over the last 24 years.
Where the name for the Amber Alert came from
The Amber Alert was given its name in memory of Amber Hagerman and stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.
On January 13, 1996, Hagerman was abducted and killed in Texas when she was just nine years old.
Amber was riding her bike in Arlington when she was abducted.
The Peacock documentary Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert, slated for debut on January 17, 2023, centers on the unsolved death of the little child.
“It’s a shame my daughter had to be butchered and had to go through what she went through for us to have the Amber Alert, but I know she would be proud of it,” mother Donna Williams told Yahoo! News in 2016.
When Amber Alerts are issued
Local authorities issue Amber Alerts when investigators believe:
- An abduction of a child under the age of 18 has transpired
- The child is in danger of serious bodily harm and or death, either due to the actions of another or due to a proven mental or physical condition
- The missing child reports meet the Reasonable Cause-to-believe criteria via eyewitness accounts and by elimination of other possibilities
More information about the meaning of Amber Alerts
Authorities must also believe the child is in “imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.”
For the notice to be effective, the public must be given sufficient detailed details about the youngster.
The missing youngster has to be under 17 years old.
Amber Alert meaning explained
An Amber Alert is a message delivered by an alert system that asks the public for help in finding missing children.
In order to create an early warning system, local police and broadcasters in Dallas-Fort Worth collaborated to debut it in 1996.
There are guidelines for Amber Alerts, including a required “reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.”
Public is encouraged to reach out to authorities
“Members of the public who have information on the whereabouts of the suspect, vehicle or endangered child should call 208-354-2323 or 911 immediately,” authorities said.
“Please do not approach or attempt to confront the suspect.”
Keep an eye open
Best is described as a white man who weighs 245 pounds and is 5 feet and 11 inches tall.
He has green eyes and graying brown hair, according to the police.
It is thought that Best is operating a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in black with Idaho license plates, bearing the number 1T39349.
Public advised to not approach
Law enforcement sources fear that Best is armed and extremely dangerous.
In a news statement, Teton County Sheriff Clint Lemieux stated that the public is not to approach or confront Best if they are located.
Kali’s brother says Best was ‘a normal guy’
Brian says that he had Best described as “a normal guy” and that he was unaware of any problems in the relationship between Best and Kali.
But now, he told People, that opinion has altered, adding, “Sometimes maybe you don’t know people.”
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