As the search for missing 7-year-old Portland student Kyron Horman entered its tenth day, Multnomah County officials announced that they would be shifting the investigation into Kyron Horman’s disappearance from search and rescue to criminal investigation. According to KGW and NECN, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton struggled to control his emotions as he thanked the various agencies, students, and community for their aid in the ongoing search for the missing boy. Although the investigation was shifting to a more criminal focus, he said searches for Kyron Horman would be continuing.
Sheriff Staton also announced that a $25,000 reward had been posted for information leading to Kyron Horman’s location. “This offer goes out in hopes that we can gather information,” Staton said. “Most importantly, the information we have continued to gather at this point has led us in several directions.”
What those directions have been, though, have not been disclosed. Multnomah County and all the agencies involved in the search, including the FBI, have been extremely reticent with regard to information being divulged to the public.
Kyron Horman disappeared on Friday, June 4, after his stepmother took him to school early to look at projects for a science fair. After observing several of the projects, Terri Moulton Horton, who has helped raised Kyron since he was a baby, says she last saw Kyron walking back toward his classroom when she left to go home.
Kyron Horman never made it to the classroom.
Kyron Horman didn’t get off the bus at 3:30 that afternoon, either. When she noticed he wasn’t on the bus, his stepmother called the school. They had marked him absent and hadn’t seen him all day. The stepmother then contacted the Multnomah Sheriff’s Office and the search for the missing boy began.
Other witnesses say they saw Kyron around 8:45 a.m. in the hallway near his classroom door but also near the south entrance of the school. It is unknown if the 7-year-old was in the company of anyone.
“I want to emphasize that the search side of this is what we are downsizing,” Sheriff Staton said. “We are still going to have local searchers on standby hitting target areas that are developed through leads in the investigative process.
KPTW reported that Multnomah County Sheriff Monte Reiser also noted, “While we are still keeping all options open, it’s a natural progression to move the overall focus to a criminal case.”
Reiser, like Stanton, gave no reason for the shift in focus. He also said that the headquarters for the investigation would be moved from Skyline Elementary School, where Kyron Horman was last seen, to a sheriff’s office building in Portland. Reiser explained that the move would allow easier access to technical resources needed for the investigation.
KGW via NECN.com