Investigation into Idaho triple homicide continues

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 4:28 p.m. MDT

Authorities are investigating a triple homicide that left three dead in a house located about 20 miles west of Malad near the Utah-Idaho border. A 2-year-old girl and 2-month-old baby were found safe. Marijuana was being grown in the house's basement and as many as 70 pit bulls were being raised on the property.

Alex Cabrero

HOLBROOK, Idaho — The Oneida County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced that officers had completed processing the crime scene where three people were found dead in a house near the Utah-Idaho border.

The bodies of Brent L. Christensen, 61, Trent Jon Christensen, 32, and Yavette Chivon Carter, 27, were discovered Friday on a remote property outside of Malad, Idaho.

About 70 pit bulls — some of them believed to have been trained for fighting — were also found on the property, along with nearly 40 marijuana plants. A dog fighting ring and treadmills to train the dogs were also discovered.

On Monday, the dogs were removed from the property by the Idaho Humane Society, according to the sheriff's office, to be placed into shelters and receive a checkup by a veterinarian.

Two young girls, ages 2 and 2 months, were also found in the house. The girls were the daughters of Trent Christensen and Carter. They were uninjured — the 2-month-old found in the clenched arms of her dead mother — and placed in custody of Carter's grandmother.

Sheriff's investigators had not released a possible motive as of Monday but did not believe the killings were random.

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