Zeke Best Amber Alert ends in tragedy as baby found dead and dad, Jeremy Best, arrested in Idaho

Mugshot of Jeremy Albert Best
Jeremy Albert Best is suspected of kidnapping and murder. Pic credit: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office

The police in Bonneville County, Idaho, have located the remains of a baby, believed to be Zeke Best, who had been missing since last Thursday. The child’s father, Jeremy Albert Best, is in custody on suspicion of kidnapping him.

Jeremy Best is also a person of interest in the homicide of Zeke’s mother, 38-year-old Kali Jean Randall, who was found dead at a residence in Victor, Idaho, last week.

Teton County cops had issued an Amber Alert in the search for Jeremy Best and 10-month-old Zeke Best, but the hunt ended on Saturday when a hunter contacted the Bonneville Couty cops after spotting Jeremy Best in a remote spot east of Idaho Falls.

The hunter had come across a man at the side of the road who was naked with a sleeping bag and was making odd statements. The cops identified him as Jeremy Best.

A search of the area revealed Best’s black Chevy SUV had come off the road down an embankment.

The cops say they found Zeke’s remains at the scene.

Baby Zeke Best smiling
Zeke Best was just 10-months-old. Pic credit: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office

The cops easily secured Best in a patrol car, and Idaho Falls Ambulance personnel treated him for injuries. He has been booked into Bonneville County Jail on suspicion of homicide and kidnapping. It’s unknown if he’ll face any additional charges at this stage.

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Jeremy Best held on suspicion of killing Kali Randall and kidnapping Zeke Best in Victor, Idaho

Teton County cops had issued the Amber Alert and arrest warrant after they responded to a 911 call at the home of Kali Randall. When they arrived at the house, they found Randall unresponsive and Zeke missing.

Randall was later confirmed dead by homicide. She was reportedly pregnant.

The police soon turned their focus to Randall’s husband, Jeremy Best.

Jeremy Albert Best released from hospital hours before suspected Kali Randall murder

Bonneville County deputies had reportedly encountered Best earlier in the day when he walked naked into a store in Swan Valley, ID. He was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for an evaluation but was discharged later that afternoon.

In a comment on social media, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office wrote, “There was not an indication at that time his behavior would continue, escalate, pause, change, or stop – which is why he was taken to the appropriate place, the hospital, for evaluation.”

They added, “We can’t discuss nor do we know what kind of action was taken at the hospital, other than to say with everyone we’ve dealt with in similar situations our experience has been they are taken care of appropriately and to the best of their ability.”

Bonneville County Sheriff statement
Pic credit: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

Best will remain at the county jail until his court arraignment, which is expected on Monday.

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