Kyron Horman has been missing for a week. Volunteers, law enforcement, and rescue workers from every county in Oregon have participated in searches that began when the 7-year-old didn’t get off the school bus on Friday. Even the FBI and the National Guard were brought in — to no avail. On Thursday, according to The Oregonian, plans were to renew the search efforts, going back over already searched areas within two miles of Skyline Elementary School, the last place Kyron Horman was seen. But this time, the search effort would employ certified search and rescue teams from around the state.
Multnomah County officials remain reticent about details of the case and it is unknown if that is due to a lack of gained information or if authorities are keeping whatever they have uncovered to themselves for the moment. Multnomah County sheriff’s captain Jason Gates admitted to the Associated Press that the reluctance to speak up about search efforts and/or anything recovered was an effort to protect the investigation from interference. It is also unknown if there has been any information gathered that suggests that Kyron Horman may have wandered off of the rural school’s grounds. He was last seen inside Skyline Elementary School.
Search efforts have been somewhat hampered by the rough terrain around the school, which is wooded and steep. Rainfall has done little to aid the investigation.
Kyron Horman was last seen by his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, at 8:45 a.m. on June 4 after she took him to school early for a Science Fair. She took a photo of him standing next to his project, “The Red-Eyed Tree Frog.” He turned to go back into his classroom and she never saw him again.
The last place witnesses saw the missing second-grader was near the southern entrance to the school close to his classroom. As yet, it is unknown if anyone later came forward to say they saw him leave the school or if he left the school accompanied by anyone. However, it was later learned that Kyron Horman never made it to class. His teacher marked him absent. But it would not be until 3:30 p.m., when the stepmother noticed that the 7-year-old did not get off the bus, that the search for him would begin, initiated by a 911 call at 3:45 p.m.
Matt Lauer interviewed Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton on Thursday’s “Today” show. Staton told Lauer that Thursday’s search was to build on the previous searches. He said that every house in the area had been checked on a door-to-door basis. Staton also noted that authorities were “folllowing up on every lead that comes in.”
A troubling aspect in the case has also been that the family of Kyron Horman has not made themselves accessible to the press for public pleas for help, something that is rare in missing children cases. After six days of silence, the family issued a statement through Captain Mike Shults of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, thanking people for their support and efforts in finding their missing son. “We need for folks to continue to assist us in our goal,” the statment went on. “Please search your properties – cars, out buildings, sheds, etc. Also check with neighbors and friends who may be on vacation or may need in assistance in searching. There are a lot of resources here to help you search, so please don’t stop.”
Matt Lauer asked Sheriff Staton about Kyron Horman’s parents and if they were “fully cooperating.” Staton replied that the family had been cooperating in every effort.
Seven days missing, over 1200 leads, thousands engaged in search efforts, and still no sign of Kyron Horman. it is almost as if he completely vanished. In broad daylight. In an Oregon public school.
And it leaves many to wonder: Just how is that possible?