Police are desperately searching for a missing 7 year old Portland, Oregon boy, last seen walking down the hallway at his school…just feet from his second grade classroom. Cops say Kyron Horman’s stepmother last saw him just before 9am after taking him to the school to show his science fair project. A photo taken by the stepmother that morning shows Kyron in front of his project, a diorama on red tree frogs.
After the science fair, the stepmother says she watched Kyron walk towards his classroom, which is reportedly 150 feet away…that was the last time anyone saw Kyron. Police did not become aware of the disappearance until almost 4pm, when Kyron’s stepmother called the school when Kyron did not get off the school bus at about 3:30pm. Kyron’s stepmother called the school, who then contacted authorities. School officials tell us Kyron was marked absent at the start of the school day, but they did not have a system to immediately notify the parents of an absence…a policy that has since been changed.
Initially Kyron Horman’s case was listed as “endangered missing” but is now being called a criminal investigation. Police have not said why the status of the case has changed, and refuse to give a detailed timeline about the day Kyron went missing, citing a pending investigation. Police have reportedly said they believe Kyron’s case is isolated and there is “no reason to believe that kids are in any danger.” Meanwhile, the search effort continues, with divers focusing on an island in the Portland area. Divers have been seen wading in waist-high water on Sauvie Island, while officials on the shore were providing directions to the divers. Since Thursday, searchers have been looking at that island, with men on horseback, on foot, and in helicopters. Police will not say what led them to this island, which is about 6 miles from the school where Kyron was last seen.
Investigators say they plan to interview the students, parents, and staff again as well as do secondary canvassing of the neighborhood and other specific areas. The massive volunteer search effort concluded Sunday, with over 1300 volunteers, 213 detectives, and 42 law enforcement agencies all searching for Kyron. Local law enforcement, search and rescue teams, and the FBI say they will remain on the case. Investigators have asked the public to come forward if they have any photos or videos created June 3 or June 4 of roads around the school. This includes surveillance video from nearby businesses and private homes, which cops hope may give them a lead that could help find this boy.
Authorities have offered a $25,000 reward in this case…if you have any information, please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office at (503) 261-2847
This happened within in miles of my home, and we actually had searchers on our land on Sauvies Island. It is so, so terrible beyond words - please. If you see him, call the tip line. He could be ANY where by now.
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