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Oneida County Sheriff's Department following leads in triple murder case

HOLBROOK, IDAHO (ABC 4 News) – Oneida County Sheriff’s Department coming closer to finding a motive in a triple homicide.
HOLBROOK, IDAHO (ABC 4 News) – Oneida County Sheriff’s Department coming closer to finding a motive in a triple homicide.

"We've had some information come to us that we'll be following up on,” said Oneida County Sheriff Jeff Semrad. “No suspects to speak of, but we've got a lot of information that may take us that direction."

The bodies of 61-year-old Brent Christensen, his son 32-year-old Trent Christensen and Trent’s girlfriend 27-year-old Yavette Carter were discovered Friday when someone went their house to pick up a dog. Carter's two year old girl was sitting on the porch. So the man went inside and that's where he found all three dead. Carter's two month old daughter was still in her arms.

Semrad explained, "The mother of the two month old baby was basically huddled over her baby, obviously trying to protect her from the suspect. The baby was still under her arm when my officers got there."

When police arrived they also found 38 marijuana plants, valued at $95,000 dollars and 64 pit bulls. Some of those pit bulls belonged to the Christensens, but many were owned by other people. So far, only two have come forward to claim their dogs.

"They're a little scared,” explained Semrad. “First of all, I have a triple homicide and second of all it's a felony to fight dogs in Idaho."

Officials believe these murders have nothing to do with robbery, and that the victims knew their killer.

"There is a relationship, we believe, between the suspect and the victims and we're just trying to pinpoint what that relationship is; whether it has to do with the dogs or whether it has to do with marijuana or maybe it doesn't have anything to do with either of them,” said Semrad.

The 64 pit bulls will be taken by the Humane Society this week. The two little girls have been turned over to their grandmother.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is still looking to speak with the owner of a red semi. If you have any information you’re asked to call police.
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