After seven days of silence, the parents and stepparents of Kyron Horman made their first public statement since the 7-year-old Oregon boy went missing. According to KGW in Portland and MSNBC.com, it was a show of solidarity , wearing white t-shirts with Kyron Horman’s missing person poster emblazoned on them, the four addressed the public and young Kyron personally at a news conference Friday.
Tony Young, Kyron Horman’s stepfather, said, “We want to say how much we appreciate the outpouring of love and support as we wait for you. You mean everything to us and until you come home, this family is not complete.”
Kaine Horman, Kyron’s father, appealed for more help finding the missing boy. “We as family know how difficult and stressful this is, but memories and statements can help find Kyron. Please help us bring Kyron home.”
Although the family issued a public statement via the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday extending their thanks for all the help and support they had received in the search for their missing 7-year-old son, they had not made a public appearance or public statement in person. Authorities noted that the family was cooperating fully in the search and that they respected the privacy of the family. But the rarity of a family not making public statements regarding a missing child has only fueled the fires of speculation about the case and the possible involvement of a family member.
But thus far, Multnomah authorities, along with the FBI and various other agencies, have declined to point a finger at anyone, even though there have been over 1200 acknowledged leads in the case. According to ABC News, what authorities are saying about the case is that it is an investigation, it is a search for a missing child, and they are “looking for a living Kyron Horman.”
The 7-year-old went missing from his school, Skyline Elementary School in Portland, sometime around 9 a.m. on Friday morning, June 4. He had arrived at the school with his stepmother somewhat early (8 a.m.) to look at projects on display at a science fair. His stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, said she hugged him in the hallway at around 8:45 a.m., watched him walk toward his classroom, then turned and left for home.
Kyron Horman never made it to class.
Athough some have speculated that Kyron Horman may never have been at school that day, his best friend, Tanner Pumala, told ABC News that he saw Kyron in the hallway before class.
Matt Shelby, a spokesman for Portland Public Schools, told CBS News affiliate KOIN in Portland that, because of the science fair, there were people at Skyline Elementary School that weren’t usually there, and that could have led to a potential security problem.
Multnomah County authorities said that witnesses placed Kyron Horman near his classroom, which is near the southern entrance of the school, at around 8:45 a.m. It has not been disclosed whether the 7-year-old was alone or in the company of someone.
Friday’s search for the missing boy intensified with fresh recruits, including search and rescue teams with dogs and horses, from Oregon and neighboring states. Hundreds of additional officers responded to the call Multnomah County Sheriff’s captain Jason Gates put out for help on Thursday. “We are incredibly humbled and appreciative of the tremendous resources,” Capt. Gates said at Thursday’s noon press conference. “This is all part of our original mission to find Kyron and bring him home.”