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PostSubject: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:01 am




7-year-old Kyron Horman
Investigators Turn To Skyline Students For Clues
Kyron Horman Last Seen Friday Morning

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Authorities searching for a second-grader who failed to return home from school Friday said they are turning to the boy's classmates for clues to his disappearance.

Multnomah County Lt. Harry Smith said investigators plan to interview Skyline Elementary School students Sunday about 7-year-old Kyron Horman, who authorities said was last seen by his stepmother at 8:45 a.m. Friday at the school.

Although the search was temporarily halted Saturday night, investigators said they are working "24/7" to develop new search plans and prepare for the interviews with students, their parents, teachers and guests who were in the rural northwest Portland school Friday.

"Tomorrow will be a difficult day for kids, but important," Smith said. "We will have people on hand to delicately and appropriately work with kids and families and staff at the school."

Smith said Skyline parents should have been notified when to stop by the school, but can drop in any time Sunday to speak with investigators.

"This is a very difficult thing -- one of the hardest things to deal with," Smith said. "Our investigators are top notch. Everything we're doing is toward the goal of bringing Kyron home."

Authorities had no comment if the ground search for Kyron revealed any evidence, but Smith said search and rescue crews -- joined by the FBI and the National Guard -- completed an "immediate grid search" of an area around the school Saturday.

Authorities said crews searched the two miles surrounding the school. Smith described the terrain around Skyline as rough, with steep inclines and ravines.

Gina Zimmerman, the president of the school's parent teacher association, said Kyron was excited for a school science fair being held Friday and his project was about a red-eyed tree frog.

The stepmother said goodbye to Kyron while they were at the science fair and then watched him walk off to his classroom, but he never made it to class, deputies said.

"He's not the kind of child that would just go out of school, go searching or wandering around," Zimmerman said. "He's just a timid, sweet boy."

Kyron's absence went unnoticed throughout the day, deputies said, and he was not reported missing until hours later.

Sheriff's Capt. Jason Gates said teachers described Kyron as "an energetic student, a very social kid who loves to play soccer and build model cars with his dad." Gates said deputies have been working with Kyron's family and have received "a ton of information from them that helps us very much."

Kyron was supposed to be dropped off at the school bus stop near his house at about 3:45 p.m. Friday. His stepmother quickly realized her child was missing and then called the school, said Lt. Mary Lindstrand of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

School administrators said they started a search in the area but they were unable to find the boy. They called the non-emergency dispatch line to report Kyron as missing.

Officials with Portland Public Schools said they used their phone notification system to contact other parents and inform them that Kyron was reported missing.

Deputies launched their search at about 5:45 p.m. -- nearly nine hours after the boy was last seen. Since then, a number of local, state and federal police agencies have joined the search.

"We want to throw everything we can at this," Gates said. "If it were my son, this is what I would want to see."

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, there was no indication of foul play in Kyron’s disappearance, but deputies upgraded the investigation to involve a major crimes team. Lindstrand said this allows more resources -- including those of the FBI and Oregon State Police -- to be used in the search.

Deputies Ask Neighbors To Search Property

Multnomah County deputies asked that civilian volunteers stay away from the search scene Saturday.

With a number of neighboring police agencies and the FBI helping in the search, deputies said civilian volunteers searching in the area will only complicate the process.

"We would appreciate if the civilian volunteers keep Kyron in your prayers, but please don't come to the scene because it affects our efficiency," Gates said.

Neighbors who live near Skyline Elementary School have been asked to perform a "no-stone-unturned" search of their property.

"It would be very, very helpful to our process. If they find anything out of place, contact us through our tip line," Gates said.

Skyline School is located at 11536 NW Skyline Blvd. in a rural area of northwest Portland.

Kyron lives with his father and stepmother. He has an older half-brother.

Anyone who may have any information on Kyron’s whereabouts is asked to call 503-261-2847. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the CSI logo on it.

Search For Boy Continues As Nightfall Nears

Special Section: Search Continues For Missing Second-Grader

Have You Seen Kyron Horman? Call: 503-261-2847

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Timeline
Friday, June 4, 2010:

8:45 a.m. Kyron Horman's stepmother drops him off at Skyline Elementary School, where a school science fair is being held that day. He is seen walking down a hallway toward a classroom, but school staff said they never saw him after this point.

3:30 p.m. Kyron fails to return home on his school bus as scheduled. His family calls the school.

4 p.m. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is first contacted about Kyron's disappearance. They begin to prepare for a search of the area.

5:45 p.m. Search and rescue teams begin to scour the area. They cover 20 miles of roads around Skyline Boulevard.

Saturday, June 5, 2010:

Noon: The sheriff's office holds a news conference. A sheriff's spokesman says the search for Kyron is still a missing person case and not a criminal investigation. He asks that civilian volunteers stay away from the search area to allow for the police agencies to conduct an efficient search.
4 and 8 p.m.: Authorities hold additional news conferences and said the FBI and the National Guard have joined the effort. Search and rescue crews completed an "immediate grid search" around the school, sheriff's deputies said, but plan to work night and day to find Kyron.
Investigators also announced they plan to interview Skyline students, their parents and school staff members on Sunday

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day 3

The FBI has brought a vast array of resources to help the search for 7-year-old Kyron Horman today including launching its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. It's a regional team although they have flown in members from across the country. They also have on-site a Quantico-based profiler who is here to develop a complete profile of Kyron.

10:35: a.m. -- Today's search by 58 trained volunteers with sheriff's departments in Washington, Multnomah, Clark and Yamhill counties, coupled with additional searchers from Portland Mountain Rescue, Silver City, and Portland Northwest Search and Rescue, was expected to continue into the night, said Sgt. Diana Olsen, incident commander for Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue.

10:25 a.m. -- Saturday's search of the school, its immediate grounds, and the two mile-route between Kyron's home and the school yielded no clues, said Multnomah County incident commander Olsen.

"I'm hoping we will have completed a two-mile radius today of homes and fields, outbuildings, barns, tunnels, railroad tracks," Olsen said.

10:11 a.m. -- A Portland Public School District spokesman is enroute to the school, where counselors will be on hand Monday to help the children and teachers cope with the disappearance. The Multnomah County Search and Rescue coordinator arrives to speak with reporters.


9:48 a.m. -- The search for Kyron continues this morning as 300 students and their parents return to Skyline Elementary School to review details of the day the boy went missing.


Fifty detectives are at the school and will begin interviews at 10 a.m. continuing until 4 p.m.


Photo courtesy of the Multnomah County Sheriff's OfficeKyron Horman9:33 a.m. -- Lt. Mary Lindstrand, public information officer for the Multnomah County Sheriff's office, implored the public to come forward with any information they have about Kyron. She urged people not to let weather keep them from coming forward.

"Our basis mission is to bring Kyron home," she said.

Authorities made no progress in the search for Kyron, which was suspended overnight but is resuming today with a 2-square-mile grid search. The massive effort to find the second-grader involves four county sheriff's departments, the Portland Police Bureau and a large number of federal agents with the FBI. So far, the search hasn't turned up any clues about the child's whereabouts.


The boy's stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, took him to school Friday morning and the two walked through a science fair. Kyron showed off his project on the red-eyed tree frog and by 8:45 a.m. Kyron waved goodbye to Horman outside of his classroom. At some point after that, the boy's teacher, Kristina Porter, marked Kyron absent. It was not until 3:30 p.m., when she realized her stepson was not on the school bus, that Horman discovered he had been absent all day. She then called 9-1-1.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:01 am


Details emerge about the day Kyron Horman turned up missing
By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
June 05, 2010,
Friday began as a special day for 7-year-old Kyron Horman. His school in Northwest Portland was having a science fair and he was keen to show off his project to his stepmother.

So, instead of taking the bus near his home off Cornelius Pass Road as usual, he hopped into the car with his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, who drove him to Skyline Elementary School.

They arrived sometime after the school opened about 8 a.m., went to his classroom, dropped off his coat and backpack and he showed his stepmother his exhibit, "The Red-Eyed Tree Frog."

Horman, who has raised Kyron since he was an infant, snapped a picture of him standing in front of it that she later posted on her Facebook page. It shows a bespectacled and beaming short-haired boy wearing a blue "CSI" T-shirt in front of an exhibit with photos of bug-eyed frogs, an anatomical drawing of the creature and other artwork.

"He was so excited about his science project," said Carol Moulton, Horman's mother and Kyron's grandmother. "They had worked on it together. He was anxious to take it to school and show it off."

kyron-hormanjpg-9c14804f284d0b9d_small.jpgView full sizeCourtesy of Multnomah County Sheriff's DepartmentKyron Horman After that, the two looked at other projects set up on desks in classrooms. There are about 300 students at Skyline Elementary, and all of them were invited to contribute to the fair.

Although the school usually opens at 8:35 a.m. and the final bell rings 10 minutes later, the school opened as early as 8 Friday for the science fair, said Matt Shelby, spokesman for Portland Public Schools.

Other students and parents showed up early as well to check out the fair, and Terri and Kyron saw people they knew while looking at the exhibits, Carol Moulton said.

Terri often volunteers at the school, working closely with Kyron's teacher, Kristina Porter. Shelby said that Porter saw Kyron in her classroom with his stepmom before 8:45 a.m. and another instructor reported seeing him in another classroom at some point.

At 8:45 a.m. when the bell rang, Terri walked her stepson down the hall close to his class.

"He told her, 'I'm going back to the classroom, Mom,' and she waves to him and left," Carol Moulton said. "She thought he was safely at school just like he is everyday."

What happened to the boy who went missing is unclear.

Carol Moulton said the kids were supposed to report to their classes and be divided into small groups of a few students each. Each group was supposed to tour the science fair with a chaperone. Afterward, when they returned to their classes for roll call, Kyron wasn't there, she said.

After leaving the school, Terri went about her day, running errands and taking care of household chores. She is a former elementary school teacher and has worked as a substitute teacher at various schools, but Moulton said that in recent years she has mainly been a stay-at-home mom.

Kyron's father, Kaine Horman, works at Intel's main administrative facility in Oregon, the Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro, the company said.

Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Horman, and his father were officially divorced in February 2003, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

Carol Moulton said that Kaine, 36, and Terri, 40, have been together for seven or eight years and that they have been married for four or five years. The couple have an 18-month-old girl.

"Terri has raised Kyron," her mother said. "She's been with him since he was an infant. She's as much of a mom as the mom is because the parents had separated about the time that Kyron was born."

She said he visits his biological mother in Medford every couple of weeks and that Desiree, 38, came to Portland as soon as she heard about his disappearance.

Kyron was supposed to take the bus home Friday, so Terri went to the bus stop at 3:30 p.m. to pick him up.

But the bus driver told her he wasn't there.

Panicked, she ran home and called the school to discover that he had been marked absent for the day.

She called 9-1-1, setting off a search that's drawn in a swarm of officers and several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.

Officers, working with sniffer dogs, have combed the hilly, wooded area around Skyline Elementary.

Moulton doubts Kyron wandered off on his own. It's just not in his character, she said.

"He's a little bit dreamy. He's a sweet kid. He gets distracted. He's your typical second-grader," she said.

But he's no Huckleberry Finn.

"He's not real adventurous," she said. "He's a little timid. But if a friend wanted to go outside and look at something, he would follow the friend. He has a friend who he regularly gets in trouble with in the classroom because he talks too much."

Moulton said Kyron will not even venture far from his home in a wooded area.

"He won't get out of sight of the house," she said. "He's pretty insecure about that. So I can't see him wandering off."

His disappearance is devastating for the close-knit family, which plays board games together, goes bowling and enjoys visits to the Oregon Zoo. A few years ago, the family took a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Terri also has a 16-year-old son from a former marriage who has lived with her mom and dad for the past few months in Roseburg. The teen's father also lives in the area and the two are on a Boy Scout camping trip this weekend.

It will be difficult to give him the news, Moulton said.

"It's a total mystery," she said. "He just vanished. I just can't believe it."

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/06/details_emerge_about_the_day_k.html

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:01 am


FBI, National Guard Search for Missing Boy Kyron Harmon
7-Year-Old Disappeared From School, Last Seen Friday Morning
The FBI and National Guard have been called in to join the search for a 7-year-old Portland, Ore., boy who disappeared from his elementary school after being last seen Friday morning.
PHOTO Kyron Horman, a 7-year-old Portland, Ore., boy disappeared Friday, June 4, 2010, at Skyline Elementary School, shortly after leaving an early morning science fair, where he presented his project on tree frogs.
Kyron Horman, a 7-year-old Portland, Ore., boy disappeared Friday, June 4, 2010, at Skyline Elementary School, shortly after leaving an early morning science fair, where he presented his project on tree frogs.
(Courtesy the Horman family)

Kyron Harmon went to Skyline Elementary School early Friday morning with his step-mother, Terri Moulton Kaine, to participate in a science fair, but no one saw him after she left him, walking down a hallway to his classroom at around 8:45 a.m..

When Kyron did not return home on his school bus as scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Friday June 4, his family called to report that he had not returned home.

The Multnomah County Sherriff's Office was contacted at approximately 4 p.m.

"We definitely got a late start here," sheriff's office spokeswoman Lt. Mary Lindstrand said today. "The family didn't know that he wasn't at school, his teacher didn't see him so we are feeling like we are behind the eight-ball here."


Staff at the school said they never saw Kyron after the science fair, and he did not make it to his classroom.

Multnomah County called in the Search and Rescue team to begin their search of the area surrounding the school. As the evening progressed, SearchOne Canine Inc. and officer from the Portland Police Department also joined the search.

The sheriff's office decided to upgrade the search to a Major Crimes Team investigation, which allowed it to deploy more resources, which included resources from Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Oregon State Patrol and the FBI.

Search and Rescue resources also expanded to include Mountain Rescue, Yamhill County Canine, along with additional members of the Multnomah County Search and Rescue team and the Portland police air unit.

The search continued through the the night, covering more than 20 miles of roadway and two square miles.

The search resumed today at approximately 7 a.m., and the sherriff's office brought in more support, including search and rescue resources from Washington County Sherriff's Office, Yamhill County Sherriff's Office, Clark County Washington, Pacific NW Search and Rescue, and a National Guard helicopter.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/Media/kyron-horman-missing-disappeared-elementary-school/story?id=10836677

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:02 am


Police Still On Trail Of Kyron Horman
June 6th, 2010

By Madhuri Dey
Kyron HormanMultnomah, June 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The police still have not been able to find out anything about the whereabouts of the young, seven year old boy who had disappeared last Friday, while he was still in the elementary school that he attends.

Since then, no trace of Kyron Horman has been discovered by the police, and according to recent reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Guard have joined hands and embarked in the search for the boy. So far though, the joint searches have not yielded any results.

Besides, the Portland Sheriff’s office also classified the case as a Major Crimes Team investigation, thus deploying more resources, and enlisting the help of the Gresham Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Patrol and the Fairview Police Department.

Kyron Horman was last seen by his stepmother when she accompanied him to the Skyline Elementary School on the morning of Friday, where he was due to attend a science fair. However, that was the last anyone saw of the boy, as he walked down the corridor leading to his classroom.

It was around 8:45 in the morning when Kyron Horman was last seen at the school. Later on, the teachers reported that he had last been seen at the science fair; after that, he had not made it to the classroom at all.

The Multnomah Sheriff’s Office reported that they had got a late head start into the matter to begin with, having been informed of the missing boy a good many hours later, at 4 in the afternoon.

The parents of the boy only grew concerned when Kyron Horman did not return on the scheduled time, 3:30 p.m.
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world/police-still-on-trail-of-kyron-horman_100375913.html

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:03 am

Search for Oregon Boy Who Vanished From School Grows
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 7) -- Twenty-two state, local and federal agencies are following up on more than 1,200 tips in the search for a 7-year-old Portland boy who has been missing for four days.

Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline Elementary School on Friday. Multnomah County sheriff's deputies and volunteers have been searching the densely wooded area near the pastoral school since then.

On Monday morning, deputies and FBI agents posted about 40 yards from the school stopped approaching cars and asked passengers whether they were at the school Friday and had any information about Kyron.

Multnomah County sheriff's Capt. Jason Gates described the variety of tips as "leads that aren't as exciting, and other leads that are more prevalent."

"We need more," he said at a news conference Monday. "Every tip, no matter how insignificant you think it is, could be the one we need."

Kyron was last seen at Skyline Elementary about 9 a.m. Friday, shortly after the boy and his stepmother attended a science fair at the school. She last saw him walking down a hallway toward his second-grade classroom, wearing a "CSI" T-shirt and dark cargo pants.

A search began after classes let out and Kyron didn't come home on the bus. His stepmother called 911 about 3:45 p.m., and sheriff's deputies and K-9 units began a search of the school and the two-mile route to his home.

Authorities have not yet determined whether Kyron was kidnapped or just wandered off, but they're describing him as a "missing endangered child," and the FBI has joined the search.

Visitors to the school are assigned badges, but Portland Public School District spokesman Matt Shelby said it would have been difficult to assign a badge to each visitor among the friends and family members who attended the science fair Friday morning.

Authorities were reviewing photos and videos taken at the fair. The last photo of Kyron shows him smiling in front of his project on the red-eyed tree frog.

It was unclear whether Kyron was in class Friday or when anyone noticed he was missing because police have been reticent to disclose public details of the search. Shelby said authorities don't want to give out information that could contradict a potential witness's recollection, but the school has a good idea of when Kyron was reported absent.

"We don't want to cloud anyone's recollection," Shelby said. "We'll defer to the authorities."

An autodial system used to report absences in all Portland high schools and middle schools was not yet installed at Skyline Elementary, Shelby said. The system has been installed in 37 of the district's 57 schools.

Shelby said the system would have alerted a parent's primary phone number at about midday that his or her student was absent.

Kyron's parents didn't attend the news conference Monday, and Gates said they didn't want to comment to avoid interfering with the investigation.

Gates wouldn't describe the scope of the search, only saying it went beyond the school. A search helicopter hovered over the woods west of the school early Monday afternoon.

"Kyron, we're going to bring you home, buddy," Gates said as he struggled to control his emotions at the news conference. "Nothing is more important to your family, your friends or to us."

Tip line: 503-261-2847
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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:03 am


PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS/KOIN/AP) The FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team flew in a profiler on Sunday, in hopes of providing clues in the search for second grader Kyron Horman, who disappeared on Friday.

PICTURES: Kyron Horman Missing

Local detectives interviewed hundreds of parents, staffers and students of Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Ore. Family members and friends distributed fliers. And, despite Sunday's rain, dozens of volunteers continued slogging through an ever-widening search area around the school.

Despite all that, 7-year-old Kyron Horman remains missing.

Kyron and his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, were at the school together early Friday. She took him around the school to look at various science fair projects. The stepmother says that at about 8:45 a.m., she left and saw Kyron apparently walking toward his classroom.

At the end of the school day, when his father and stepmother did not find him getting off the school bus at 3:45, they called the school.

That's when they finally found out that Kyron had not been in class all day long. They had not been informed, during the day, that Kyron had not been in class.

Portland Public Schools sent out automated telephone alerts to parents, asking them to keep an eye out for the Kyron. A message also asked them to come to the school Sunday, to meet with detectives.

Sheriff Dan Staton said late Sunday night that he was "not prepared" to call the boy's disappearance a kidnapping. He described Kyron as a "missing endangered child" because more than two days had elapsed since he disappeared and because search efforts were hampered by rainy weather.

"We have developed a lot of information which has to be processed thoroughly, and I am not in a position to divulge any specifics of our investigative plan at this time," Staton said in a statement.

Kyron is three feet, eight inches tall. He weighs about 50 pounds. He was wearing orange and black cargo pants, white socks, worn black Skecher tennis shoes with orange trim and a T-shirt with the "CSI" logo.

Anyone with information on Kyron's whereabouts is urged to call the Multhnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at (503)-261-2847.
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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:04 am


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Police question students in case of missing second grader

By Gabriel Falcon,, CNN June 8, 2010



(CNN) -- Police questioned nearly all of the children at an Oregon school where a missing 7-year-old child boy was last seen, authorities said Monday evening.

Captain Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said about 90 percent of the students at Skyline Elementary School were interviewed in connection with last Friday's disappearance of Kyron Horman.

In a statement released to the media, the sheriff's office said investigators were "appealing to the families who have not been interviewed to call the tip line and leave their information."

According to investigators, the boy's stepmother said she last the saw second-grader Friday morning while he was walking down the hallway towards his classroom.

"There was a science fair here at the school," Portland Schools spokesman Matt Shelby told CNN. "You had a situation with lots of parents and friends coming through the school, going class to class."

"Kyron was here with his stepmother, seen with his stepmother," Shelby said.

The science fair was held before the beginning of classes, Shelby added, "so working parents could come and participate" he said.

In the statement released Monday evening, authorities said search and rescue personnel have been canvassing new areas based on tips and information gathered by the sheriff's office.

"Tips have been coming in from all over the state and into Washington. All of those tips are being followed up and investigators are urging people to call the tip line with any information at all," the statement read.

The Multhnomah County sheriff's office reported that no one at the school saw Kyron after 8:45 a.m. Friday and that Kyron never made it to his classroom.

Searches in the school area were conducted Friday and over the weekend by several agencies, including the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Oregon State Patrol, and the FBI.

Authorities have also utilized Portland Police bureau's air unit in an attempt to locate the missing child.

"My heart, and the hearts of everyone who is a part of Portland Public Schools, goes out to Kyron Horman and his family," said Portland Schools Superintendent Carole Smith in a statement.

"We are all wishing for Kyron's safe return as quickly as possible and we are grateful for the efforts of all the law enforcement agencies who have worked so tirelessly over the past 48 hours to determine the cause of Kyron's disappearance, locate him and return him safely home.

"The reported disappearance of a student from one of our schools is unprecedented and deeply troubling. Portland Public Schools is doing everything we can to assist the authorities in their effort to find Kyron."

Counselors have been made available to children and teachers at Kyron's school, Shelby said. "Our focus is on supporting the students and staff," he said.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/08/oregon.missing.child/?hpt=T3
Anyone with information on Kyron Horman's whereabouts is asked to call the Mutnomah County Sheriff's Office at 503-261-2847

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:05 am





Searchers for missing Portland boy flooded with tips

June 7, 2010 KDRV Staff & Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Medford mother is joining the search for her 7-year-old son missing four days from a Portland area school.

Desiree Young is reportedly heading north to look for her son Kyron Horman.

What's described as "an army of detectives" is working through 1,200 tips in the search for the second-grader.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has now upgrading Horman's status from missing to endangered, but are not calling it a kidnapping.

The boy was last seen at Skyline Elementary School about 9 a.m. Friday walking to his classroom after his stepmother dropped him off at the school's science fair. When he didn't return home on the bus, his family called the school.

Officers searched the extensive woods outside the school Monday. They also interviewed parents driving their children to school.

FBI experts on child abduction have been dispatched to work on the boy's disappearance.

Skyline does not use an auto dial to alert parents about absences. However, school officials say that will change.
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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:05 am

Former detective: Parents’ silence not unheard of but not the norm
PORTLAND, Ore. - A retired Portland police detective said Wednesday the silence the parents of 7-year-old Kyron Horman have maintained after his disappearance isn’t unheard of but it’s not the norm either.

Several KATU viewers have asked the station why Horman’s parents have been so silent. Nikki wrote on the station’s Facebook page: “I find it odd that the family has kept so quiet. If I had one of my children missing, I would be out there looking for him and asking for him and asking for his return.”

CW Jensen was with the Portland Police Bureau for 20 years and said statements from families don’t really help investigators, but they help the community that’s emotionally invested in a child’s disappearance.

“They want to somehow understand them and feel closer to them,” Jensen said.

Jensen has dealt with a lot of parents on cases just like the disappearance of Horman.

“Generally, parents in cases like this are incredibly distraught,” he said. “They’re almost just dysfunctional.”

He said it was that way in 1989 before Jensen and his team arrested Westley Allan Dodd after Dodd kidnapped and murdered three preteen boys.

“When you are in a case like this it’s personal because most of the cops have kids,” Jensen said.

He said normally families are more local. Take, for example, the disappearance of college student Brooke Wilberger. Wilberger’s mother, Cammy, was very public even after Wilberger’s killer was caught.

“We just really feel gratitude even to Mr. (Joel) Courtney that he could see fit to tell us where he left Brooke,” she said in September 2009.

KATU News extended an invitation to Horman’s parents to speak to the media after a reporter found them at a local gym Wednesday after their workout.

But the Horman’s drove off without responding to a question how the media could help.

Terri Horman, Kyron’s stepmother, hasn’t been completely silent. She has spent some time on Facebook since Friday responding to posts from friends and talking about her workouts, which is more that Jensen said he finds unusual.

“What I know from being an investigator and dealing with parents in tragic situations like this - homicides, kidnappings, stuff like that - they just really couldn’t much function other than to sit and wait for us to call,” he said.

Jensen said investigators could be asking the Horman’s to be silent and to carry on with their lives as normal, but he said in his experience it is extremely difficult for families to be quiet and stay away from a search scene when a loved one, especially a child, is missing.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:06 am

Kyron Horman latest news: National Guard joins in search for missing 7-year-old Oregon boy
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Kyron Horman latest news: National Guard joins in search for missing 7-year-old Oregon boy

On Thursday, a National Guard helicopter joined searchers on horseback and about 125 other volunteers in the search for Kyron Horman in a wooded area near the Portland school where the 7-year-old went missing last Friday. Nonetheless, authorities report no evidence was found during the search.

Kyron vanished on the morning of June 4 at about 9 a.m. from Skyline Elementary School located in Northwest Portland, after he and his stepmother arrived at the school early to look at a science fair in which Kyron had a project.

He was last seen wearing a “CSI” t-shirt and dark cargo pants. His stepmother reports she last saw him as he walked down a hallway headed toward his second-grade classroom.

The search for Kyron began at about 3:45 p.m. on Friday when he failed to come home on the school bus.

At a press conference Thursday, Sgt. Diana Olsen, a search and rescue coordinator for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, said those searching were checking an area located within a 2-mile radius of Kyron’s school. They were diligent in their search despite the rain and cold temperatures.

According to the Ashland Daily Tidings, search teams from across the state will be checking power line clearings, back roads, and check areas already searched a second time.

Anyone with information regarding Kyron Horman’s whereabouts is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503 261-2847, or to call 911 with emergency information.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:59 am

Calif. police: 3 possible sightings of missing Oregon boy
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YREKA, Calif. - Police are investigating three possible sightings of a missing Oregon boy in Yreka, Calif., including video from a store surveillance camera that captured images of a boy matching his description.

Detective Steve Fahrney of the Yreka Police Department said the sightings were reported this week, days after a psychic in Idaho reported the missing boy might be found there in the small northern California city.

The new, fast-breaking developments come a week after 7-year-old Kyron Horman seemingly vanished from his small grade school located on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., in rolling hills dotted with farms and homes.

Fahrney said the Idaho psychic called a tip line in Sacramento, Calif., and his information was passed along to the Yreka police.

The local police then passed out flyers with a photo of the boy, and in the days that followed they received two tips independently from people in the area.

"Yesterday afternoon I was contacted by a couple that had stayed at our local Motel 6 on Saturday, and they believed, after seeing Kyron's picture, that they saw a boy matching his description staying at the Motel 6 that night," Fahrney said. The couple reported the boy was with an older man, he said.

Then, on Friday morning, Yreka police received another call from a man who said he saw a child matching Kyron's description on Thursday with an older man at the local Walmart store.

Police then were able to obtain surveillance video from the store that clearly showed the boy matching Kyron's description. He was accompanied by an older man and woman.

Still photos from the video were forwarded to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and they will be shown to Kyron's family for identification of the boy.

Authorities also want to know if family members recognize the older man and woman seen with the boy in the surveillance video.

At the same time, police in Yreka have increased their vigilance, Fahrney said.

"We do have heightened concern," he said. "It's coincidental that we get basically these three tips in one week, so all of our officers are familiar with Kyron's picture and they've seen the video."

The possible sightings came as Kyron's family issued an emotional appeal on Friday afternoon for people to contact police with any information about the missing boy.

The family also thanked the community for "the outpouring of love and support" they have received since Kyron vanished.

"It just shows how much impact a little boy's smile can have on a community," said Kyron's stepfather, Tony Young.

Meanwhile, searchers continued combing the area around Kyron's school - from the air and on the ground - for any sign of the missing boy.

"When they search through areas they’re looking for any kind of debris or clothing, or shoes, or shoeprints – something that would indicate that somebody’s been through there recently," said Mike Fulk a volunteer with Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.

He said the search conditions aren't ideal.

"Lots of hills and trees, valleys, gullies - lot of it's pretty overgrown."

Kyron disappeared June 4 after a science fair he attended with his stepmother, who said she last saw him as he walked down a hallway toward his second-grade classroom wearing a "CSI" T-shirt and dark cargo pants.

Authorities said the last confirmed sighting of Kyron was at about 9 a.m. that day, but they have refused to say who made that sighting.

The search began after the boy did not come home on the school bus and his stepmother called 911 at about 3:45 p.m. on June 4.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:22 am

Kyron Horman Never Left the Premises of Skyline Elementary!

There were two significant developments on Sunday in the case of the missing boy Kyron Horman in Portland, Oregon. The massive search was scaled back and the case was declared to be a criminal investigation.

Previously, the case was classified as a missing endangered child. " The reasons for the status change were not divulged. I do remember, however, that the FBI was called in very early on (June 4th) by Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton.

Kyron Horman`s stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, had attended his science fair on the morning of June 4th. A photo taken of Kyron at the Skyline Elementary School has been making the rounds of the internet and in media coverage. The photographer has not been identified so far, but the photo is filled with detail and shows a smiling Kyron in front of his second-grade science project, a diorama of red-eyed tree frogs.

Naturally, hundreds of students, parents and school staff were interviewed by detectives in an effort to fill in the timeline of events for Friday, June 4th. More particularly, attempts are being made to isolate exactly when and where Kyron disappeared. Naturally also, the police are being tight-lipped in regard to what they have learned from these interviews.

The basic account is that the stepmother, after attending Kyron`s science fair, saw him walk off towards his homeroom classroom at 9:00 AM. Some reports that I`ve read say the last sighting was 8:45 AM. This may be splitting hairs, but the discrepancy is significant to me. But then again who was looking at clocks at the time?

I haven`t heard it mentioned that classmates saw Kyron enter the homeroom class and take his designated seat. For some reason, this is the point where Multnomah County Sheriff`s office doesn`t want the public to be in the know. I did watch Dan Staton`s June 6th news conference, however. Apparently a student did spot Kyron after 9:00 AM. Let`s see, it`s termed as the late-morning hours? "

For me, this is a clue that the authorities were able to fill in the timeline of what happened to Kyron, or at least piece together random events, that appeared to be insignificant at the time. After he vanished, these trivialities took on new life, and could be redefined as pertinent.

I`m of the opinion that this entire situation is contained within the walls of Skyline Elementary. That is, Kyron never left the school house at all (on his own volition), until something else transpired. What may have transpired can not be cast in such a positive light.

One thing I find hard to understand, is that students and teachers must have seen him in the early morning at the science fair. Therefore, why didn`t they notice that he was gone later on in the early afternoon? After all, the community has been characterized as tight-knit? The teachers must have counted him absent, but they didn`t seem to have gotten very alarmed or bent out of shape, say around the times of 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM?

It wasn`t until after the school day ended that school officials realized there was a problem. I believe it was the stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, who alerted the school when Kyron wasn`t on his usual bus. This was at 3:30 PM and then after she told them he was gone, the school secretary, Susan Hall, called 9-1-1.

A former FBI profiler, Clint Van Zandt, said: Whatever happened to this little boy, by the time authorities really geared up, they were 12 hours behind the power curve. "

A line I read in an ABC News story struck me as revealing as to the course this investigation will take. Gina Zimmerman, the president of the school PTA, said: Everybody`s just worried and in shock that this could happen in our little school where everybody knows everybody. " Or Gina, do we really know each other? I believe that the key lies right there in the school, no outsider ever came in, and Kyron never wandered off.


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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:42 am

John Walsh: Mistakes Made In Kyron Case
'Gut Feeling' Is There's Person Of Interest, Walsh Says

POSTED: June 17, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The disappearance of Skyline School second-grader Kyron Horman has gained the attention of many national media outlets and personalities, including John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted."

Walsh, whose son was kidnapped and killed as a 6-year-old, said in an interview with FOX 12 on Thursday that the lack of information in the case and the time that has passed does not bode well for finding Kyron alive.

"As the time goes on, the odds get less that they're going to find him alive, but we never give up hope," Walsh said. "After finding Jaycee Dugard after 18 years and Elizabeth Smart after eight months … you have to keep the investigation as intense as you can."

Seven-year-old Kyron disappeared June 4. His stepmother told deputies that she last saw him in the school hallway walking toward class. Later that afternoon, she called the school and said Kyron failed to show up at his school bus stop later in the afternoon.

Walsh said the school should have automatically notified the parents when Kyron was not in class.

"I think a couple mistakes were made in the beginning by the school not calling the parents ... I've been involved in hundreds of cases where crucial hours were lost when the child wasn't discovered missing until the parents go to the bus stop and the child doesn't show up later in the afternoon," Walsh said. "That shouldn't happen in any school in America."

Portland Public Schools have since added the automatic call system to Kyron's school.

Multnomah County sheriff's deputies have not said whether any evidence has been found, but, four days ago, they announced the boy's disappearance is a criminal investigation.

"My gut feeling is they have a person of interest and they're trying to make sure they don't make mistakes that would compromise the case," Walsh said. "Of course, we all have to hold out hope this person is keeping Kyron alive and that the best end result is this boy will be gotten back alive."

Since the announcement of the criminal investigation, divers have been spotted in Portland-area waterways. Deputies have not announced any suspects or persons of interest in the case.

"I'm sure police are looking at family members very hard. That's a normal procedure, but there should be a parallel investigation going on in case it's a crime of opportunity -- a sexual predator or a convicted sex offender -- who may have been tracking this little boy, who may have seen him at school a couple times and may have grabbed him," Walsh said.

Deputies said Kyron's family has fully cooperated with the investigation. Kyron's father and his stepfather made a statement to media last week, but otherwise, the family has not answered questions.

Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young, has spoken with a FOX 12 reporter over the phone and expressed her thanks for the efforts of the community and search crews, but neither she nor stepmother Terri Moulton Horman has sat down for an interview.

"I'm surprised that either the police have kept the family from the media or the parents have chosen. It's their personal choice," Walsh said. "But if I were those parents, I'd be on every media outlet I could saying 'I need to get little Kyron back.'"

Sheriff's deputies have said it's crucial that photos of Kyron stay in the public. Billboards have been set up at various points in the city, missing fliers have been distributed to the community and T-shirts that bear Kyron's photo have been given away at the sheriff's office.

Kyron has now been missing 13 days.

"We're hoping someone saw something and will have the courage to come forward," Walsh said.

"America's Most Wanted" will feature a segment on Kyron on Saturday at 9 p.m. on FOX 12 Oregon.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:20 am

The LE has stated 2 different times that SM and Kyron was seen by 1 other child. But that is the only sighting of them at the school that morning. Older son and Dad were on a boy scout campout until around 3pm on Sunday. But on her facebook page as late as 8pm she would respond that her husband was not home from trip yet.
Boyscout website has write up on the trip.
I am a parent of an 8 year old who has volunteered time in his class room for 3 years. When I go to school functions all the kids run up and hug me and the kids introduce me to their mom's. Heck they run up even in the grocery store. I find it hard to believe that in the 45 minutes that SM and Kyron were at the fair there was not at least 10 kids and 5 mom's that would have seen them.
I also find it hard to believe that the parents released a statement thanking his teachers and staff at the school. If my child was lost while at school and I was not contacted I would be shouting from the roof tops.
When I plan and let the teacher know of an upcoming doctor appt is is marked in the computer for the day that is planned. Also teachers keep a calendar on their desk that most teachers write planned absents. SM indicated that she filled out paper regarding upcoming doctor appt. This is handled by the school secretary who in turns marks it in the school computer. To have two different school personal state the child had a appt for that Friday so there was no need to call the parents.
The science project itself is very nicely laid out with signs that a parent helped put it together. This shows loving and involved parenting. Mom volunteers at the school also a sign of loving and involved parenting. For the most part I feel that Step-parents are mothers and fathers that step up to the plate.
Now here is what bothers me...
1) step mothers refusal to change her bio-daughters picture to her missing son's photo on facebook. When even the relatives and friends begged her to.
2) not releasing the boy's photos to the local press but releasing the photos to NATIONAL MEDIA CBS 4 days after Kyron was reported missing.
3) Not one update to concerned friends from out-of-state that begged for updates on SM's facebook.
4) "Hitting the gym:)" quote comment
5) "did not get home until 8 pm:(" qoute comment
6) "wow get to sleep on clean sheets tonight:)" quote comment
7) when friends asked what they could do....SM would reply Go to Kinko's they will print flyer's for free at any location" not asking for them to help search but DID asked for donations to be sent to a PO Box in Portland that is registered to a Spanish missonary group. Not asking them to be sent to the already set up Bank or LE Fund. This same missing children site that the SM requested money to be sent to is not a registered corp nor do they have Non-profit status. When questioned about their "fund" and paypal link they retracted and refunded monies. Most comments were deleted by the owner regarding the funds and how they were to be used. They also deleted the paypal link and PO Box link on the site. There is no member or president name or contact. Email address that they gave on the site did not match the website. http://www.childseeknetwork.com/horman.htm
There is no record of this company having a non-profit status since 2004. So why would SM ask that all donations be sent to this group instead of the accounts already set up for them by LE and Local caring families?
8) the day after SM requested funds be sent to this PO Box and people started questioning the funds....her facebook went private.
9) On Tuesday the 8th SM stated on facebook to friends that LE was not allowing them to talk to media. And yet on the same day the family released pictures to CBS. And The LE stated the parents did not want to talk yet but when they were ready they (LE) would make it happen. Why would SM lie to friends and Family on her facebook about that?
10) SM upped a level on a facebook game 3 hours after reporting her son missing. She responded to an out of town friend With a "Like" regarding something funny but did not mention to this friend that her son was missing. She played games but failed to post that her son was kidnapped. This same friend the next day asked why SM did not mention her missing son.
11) why would the family release a statement on Friday stating they know their son will not be home for Father's Day?

And yes it was confirmed that dad and SM went to the gym to work out. And refused to talk to Local media. But had a nice private workout at the gym with their coach. IMO
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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:46 pm

Kyron Horman latest news: Missing Oregon boy’s family laments he won’t be home for Father’s Day

The family of missing Oregon boy Kyron Harmon hoped he’d be home by now to celebrate father’s day with his father. On Friday the boy’s family released a statement asking for the public’s help in finding the 7-year-old.

“It has been two weeks since our son, Kyron, disappeared… For the last 14 days, we haven’t been able to talk to him, see him playing around the house, or tuck him in bed. Any parent would understand the grief this has caused our family,” the statement said.

“Father’s Day is Sunday. For the first time in seven years, we will not have Kyron around to hug and talk to. It hurts us deeply and our hearts are broken,” Kyron’s family lamented.

To see more photos of Kyron, click here.

Authorities are now depending on witnesses who were at the Skyline School June 4 when Kyron disappeared to come forward with relevant information. On that day, his stepmother Terri Horman says she and Kyron attended a science fair prior to the start of school. At about 8:45 a.m. she claims to have watched him walk toward his classroom -- but he never made it to class and has not been seen since.

Thus, law enforcement has distributed a flyer asking teachers, parents, and students questions regarding Kyron’s stepmother and whether her vehicle was seen at the school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day the second-grader vanished.

To read the flyer, click here.

Kyron was wearing a “CSI” t-shirt and black cargo pants when he vanished.

Anyone with information regarding Kyron Horman’s whereabouts is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847, or to call 911 with emergency information.


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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:10 am

Police hope stepmom's photo will help spark more tips for Kyron Horman investigation~
June 18, 2010

Kyron Horman's stepmother was the last known person to see the 7-year-old on the day that he disappeared, said Capt. Jason Gates, and authorities hope her photo might help jog the memories of other witnesses.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is distributing a flier showing photos of Terri Moulton Horman and the type of pickup she is thought to have driven on June 4, the day the second-grader disappeared from Skyline School.

"Sometimes in jogging peoples memories, sometimes it's the other things about that day or what was going on around them that will jog their memory with anything else they might have seen with regard to Kyron," Gates said.

Gates said Terri Horman and the rest of Kyron's family have cooperated with the investigation. The family said in a statement that it supports release of the flier in hopes that the additional photos of Terri Horman and the family's pick-up truck will spark more tips for the two-week-old investigation.

"We want Kyron home and we hope this will help do that," the family said.

Gates said he could not discuss any suspects or persons of interest in the case. He also said that while Kyron could have been abducted by a stranger, Gates does not think there is a need for alarm in the community.

"I can't say for certainty that it wasn't stranger to stranger. I can't," Gates said. "But I also can tell you that the need for the public to be alarmed is very low."

Authorities are asking students, teachers, parents and anyone who was at Skyline School on June 4 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to answer the questions, which can be viewed here. The questions ask whether Terri Horman was seen at the school and at what time. They also ask whether they remember seeing the white Ford F250 pickup that Terri Horman drove that day to school.

The pickup has since been towed from the family's home. Gates said the family requested that it be towed because of mechanical problems, and that the towing was unrelated to the investigation.

Police have already interviewed teachers, staff, students and parents, but they want to make sure they are reaching everyone and rechecking any leads, Gates said.

Previously, police had said that Kyron was seen around 9 a.m. by an unnamed witness -- about 15 minutes after Terri Horman said she left Kyron as he headed to his classroom. Gates declined to address the discrepancy today.

Gates also said rumors on social-networking sites that Kyron's body had been found were incorrect.

Kyron Horman's family also issued a statement that Gates read.

"For the last 14 days, we have not been able to talk to him, see him play around the house or tuck him in bed," the statement said. "Any parent would understand the grief this causes our family."

The family thanked the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, searchers, the media and the community as a whole for its support.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:12 am

Rumor mill in Kyron Horman disappearance reaches fever pitch~
June 17, 2010

Two weeks into the investigation of 7-year-old Kyron Horman's disappearance, one of the few things certain about the case is that rampant rumors show no signs of abating.

Various reports poured in Thursday from different social media outlets claiming breaking developments. The phenomenon began with the first news of the second-grader's disappearance June 4 from Skyline School, but now appears to be intensifying. Among the false claims: an arrest in the case and that Kyron had been found.

Sheriff's officials were not only quick to denounce the speculation, but also expressed concern about the effect the rumors might have on Kyron's family. "They're not thinking about how the information that they're spreading can affect others," said Lt. Mary Lindstrand, spokeswoman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office has been fielding calls from the public in response to the erroneous information spreading online, she said.

Although much of the speculation originates on Facebook and Twitter, Portland TV station KOIN posted a story on its website Thursday afternoon with the headline, "Kyron Horman's body found."

KOIN News Director Lynn Heider said the post was a mistake and only appeared online, not on any broadcast.

"We apologize for the obvious emotional stress that this posting created," the station said in a statement on its website. "The posting was the result of internal miscommunication, and should not have occurred. This incident has prompted additional internal policies to prevent further occurrences."

Earlier in the investigation, online commentary regarding the behavior of Kyron's family prompted sheriff's officials to address some of the public speculation directly.

Capt. Mike Shults, who has worked closely with the Horman family, explained that the family members hadn't participated in the ground search for Kyron because investigators had asked them to remain in one place so they could be easily reached. His comments came after Terri Moulton Horman, Kyron's stepmother, was criticized on some online outlets for posting on her Facebook page, including saying she was "hitting the gym" shortly after Kyron disappeared.

Shults said he had asked family members to maintain their regular routines in an effort to stay healthy once it became apparent that the search for Kyron wouldn't be resolved quickly.

Public speculation isn't unusual in an emotional case like that of a missing child -- it's often a coping device to deal with distress, anger and fear, said Lauri Stevens, principal of LAwS Communications , a Massachusetts-based group that provides online media advice to law enforcement agencies.

Stevens isn't involved in the Kyron Horman case, but said in general, many people often don't consider the impact their commentary can have.

"Social media has made it possible for people to create their own content so easily and many people don't appreciate the reach their message has when they type it into Facebook, etc." Stevens said in an e-mail interview.

"The other thing that unfortunately doesn't come into play often enough is good judgment on the part of the receivers of the information," Stevens said. "People tend to believe the things they read without any critical thought. Whether or not what they read is true or not, they're going to respond."

Despite the many rumors surrounding the case, investigators have remained focused on the task at hand, Lindstrand said.

"They're on their mission and their mission is to find Kyron and bring him home," she said. "They know that these rumors are not true."


-- Kate Mather

Other developments today:

National broadcast: Saturday's edition of "America's Most Wanted" will include Kyron Horman's disappearance. The show airs at 9 p.m. on FOX.

Scam: The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office isn't soliciting donations over the phone to help in the case, said Lt. Mary Lindstrand, a sheriff's spokeswoman. "We are most definitely not calling to raise money for the Horman family, for the search and rescue effort, or for a reward," she said. Instead, the office is seeking donations toward the search and rescue effort through its website or at any Bank of America branch under the name "Kyron Horman fund."

Tip line: 503-261-2847

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:14 am

Step-mom Under Scrutiny in Missing Child Case~
June 18, 2010

The search for missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman is now focused on the boy's stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, who was the last person to see Kyron before he vanished.

Two weeks after the little boy disappeared from his Oregon elementary school, Willamette Week reports that investigators have determined that Moulton Horman was not where she said she was on the day her stepson vanished.

The investigation into missing Portland, Ore., boy Kyron Horman is now focused on his stepmother Terri Moulton Horman, seen here with Kyron's father Kaine.

Police say cell phone records show that on June 4, the day Kyron was last seen, Moulton Horman was on Sauvie Island, five miles from Kyron's school. Divers and rescue teams have been combing that island for any signs of the second-grader since June 10.

"This will not become a cold case for us," Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jason Gates said this week.

Since the early days of the case, many found the Horman family's relative silence about their son's disappearance odd. In most missing child cases, parents try to use media attention to raise awareness about their children, but the Hormans have made only two public appearances.

Still, some experts say the family may have a good reason for remaining so quiet.

"The police might think that this is an abduction and, because of that, don't want to feed information to the suspect," Harold Copus, a former FBI agent, told AOL News Thursday. "They may also want the family to remain silent so they don't inadvertently say something they shouldn't to reporters."

Rumors about the case were flying anyway, especially when a local news station in Oregon erroneously reported online that Kyron's body had been found. "Kyron Horman's body found," Portland TV station KOIN declared online Thursday afternoon. The station later retracted the headline and apologized.

Willamette Week, citing unnamed law-enforcement officials "from agencies at the city, county and federal level," says Moulton Horman raised suspicions almost immediately for having claimed to have gone to the gym after reporting Kyron missing.

"Hitting the gym," she wrote on her Facebook wall that morning.

But Lt. Mary Lindstrand, spokeswoman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, said the rumors were unhelpful. "They're not thinking about how the information that they're spreading can affect others," she told Willamette Week.

Last week, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton called off the search for Kyron and classified his disappearance as a criminal case.

http://www.aolnews.com/crime/article/kyron-hormans-stepmom-terri-moulton-horman-under-scrutiny-in-missing-child-case/19521940

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:27 am

Friend: Stepmom of missing boy to take polygraph test~

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The stepmother of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman is scheduled to take a second polygraph test Saturday.

That's according to Jaymie Finster, a longtime friend of Terri Moulton Horman.

Finster told The Oregonian newspaper that Terri Horman is "tired and frustrated" with the intensity of questioning she's been getting.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has declined to name Terri Horman as a person-of-interest in the investigation and won't say who has been given a lie-detector test.

The boy was last seen June 4 after a science fair he attended that morning at his school with his stepmother.

"Terri is the last known person to have seen Kyron alive before he disappeared," said Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department.

Horman, who has raised Kyron since he was an infant, contacted the school on the afternoon of the disappearance, when the boy didn't come home on his school bus. Kyron lived with his father and stepmother about two miles from the school.

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PostSubject: Re: Kyron Horman (7) 6/4/10 Portland, Oregon   Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:38 am


Monday, June 21, 2010
Kyron's Mother's Open Letter ~
http://seamusoriley.blogspot.com/

This is a "letter to Kryon" that was sent to NBC by his mother. At Orenonianlive.com, an investigative journalist, Michelle Cole, has been covering the case. As of this time, I haven't seen other statements yet released, nor has the information regarding the polygraphs been released (or even confirmed)

However, we do have a concerning statement made by law enforcement regarding the potential danger to the community posed by a predator.

In it, the law enforcement official downplays the likelihood that a dangerous kidnapper is out there. (I am seeking the actual quote)

I will not do a full analysis of this letter as it reveals much pain and guilt and statement analysis can be a sharp tool that can cut deeply; here, we have a mother's anquish, and what it reveals is heartbreaking. There are no signals of deception within the letter.

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Dear Kyron,

I am so soooooo sorry that this has happened. I am sorry that I was not there to protect you. I will never be able to forgive myself for being so many hours away when you needed me the most.

This may appear like alibi building but is more likely linked to the overbearing guilt this mother feels regarding her son's life prior to his disappearance. She recognized that he had a need to be protected, which may have been an instinct that sat with her, in which, due to her life's circumstances, she was forced to ignore; having felt powerless to cause change. The extra words show sensitivity, with repetition suggesting acute anxiety

I pray that you come back to me


Here we see a break with the family responses, as a mother would, appropriately, reduce the situation to "me". She is his mother, and she is the one who has taken responsibility for his disappearance (see above) This is strong ownership

because I am afraid that I can’t live without you.

This is alarming and I hope that those around her will intervene in her life. This is strong desperation; no planning, no conniving, no convincing. The heartbreak may be more than she is able to bear. This statement is a warning to her family members to watch her carefully; perhaps under a doctor's care.

I miss you every second of every day. I would give my life for yours,

This statement is powerful, first person singular. The regret she has is also acute. This statement of trading her life should be believed.


I just want you back safe. You must come back to us. We have so many things that we have planned this summer that you are going to love. Quinn loves you so much and wants you home too. All of the family is here and wants you to know just how much they miss you. Mayson is terribly sad without his best friend to play with and wants you home soon.

Going into detail like this is a sign of veracity and walks a balance between denial and hope. She wants her son to know his value, so she expresses it in words that Kyron would understand. She has no need to explain it, as it is for his ears.

When you come home I

This is in stark contrast to the "family" statement about Father's Day. This is another indicator that the mother had nothing to do with Kyron's disappearance. Her suffering is unbearable. She will not yield hope, even if others do.

will show you all of things that everyone did for you, just to find you. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people that don’t know you and yet they pray for you every night. They know how much I miss you and need you and they just want to bring you home to me. There are so many wonderful people working on this case and they are going to find you soon.

The mother feels the weight of debt that she feels that SHE owes to those who have helped in the search. There is an absence of anger which tells me that she may have some suspicions, at this time, but she is unable to articulate them BECAUSE her hope is so powerful that if she feels anger, it would be as if she has given up hope that Kyron will be found alive and well. Her denial/hope remain powerful. In statement analysis, this is why we use the example of Susan Smith or Casey Anthony: an innocent mother who does NOT know what has happened will NEVER speak of a child in the past tense. Kyron's mother is the norm for innocent family members.

I would give anything to run my fingers through your short hair again.

This is a sensory description and is appropriately placed giving us another indication of veracity. It continues this way:

I miss having you to hug anytime I want. Night time is always hard for me. I miss you so much and want you back here so that I can protect you from all of the horrible things in this world.


This is an insight into her thinking. "all of the horrible things" is deliberately non specific. Kyron's mother CANNOT entertain a specific thought of "horrible thing" in her mind. She cannot. She cannot believe this as she is still in denial. This is a letter of an innocent mother.


I just can’t believe

She is to be believed, first person singular: she cannot believe this. She cannot believe he is not with "us", as now she recognizes that through life's circumstances, Kyron belongs not only to her, but to others. This may be the hint of suspicion that she beats back in the recesses of her mind.

that you aren’t still with us. Your life has been really great and I know that it is done yet.

This is the mother's guilt. Innocent mothers will, no matter what, blame themselves, as being ultimately responsible for the death of their child. There may be no sound reason to it, as it is a powerful instinct of responsiblity. She was not able to raise him early in life, and the guilt is unbearable: she blames herself as she does not feel that his life has been "great" but "really great". Extra words give us meaning, and it weakens the "great" in her mind. She likely knows of some difficulties he had with his step mother.


A long time ago you saved my life and now I am going to do the same for you. Our lives will never be the same after this. I love you very much!

Momma (Desiree Young)

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I won't fully analyze the letter, as students of Statement Analysis know that a painful profile emerges from the language here.

I will state that there are no indicators of deception or of withholding of information pertaining to Kyron's disappearance.

I will also say that this letter strongly shows that the mother was not involved in the disappearance of Kyron, yet takes ultimate responsibility for his life, and what happened to him. Her love is genuine and powerful.

I pray for his safe return, yet also hope that those closest to the mother will know how severe her cry is, and how she may not feel that she can live without him.

In Statement Analysis, we must not confuse guilt with nefarious guilt, or with a guilt that comes from criminal behavior. Sensitivity indicators are just that: sensitive, emotional points that warrant follow up questions in an Interview.

This letter reveals much guilt, and regret, for what was likely a very difficult life for Kyron. (which is revealed in the letter)

Rather, what is concerning is the other statements revealed by "family".

In particular, I am concerned with what has been attributed to the step mother with regards to a doctor's appointment.

Why would a teacher need to fill out forms for a doctor's appointment for 7 year old?

It may be that a stressed, fed up step mother is seeking prescription medication to control Kyron's behavior. The teacher's statement regarding the dating is going to be relevant.

The investigation continues and I will continue to view statements as they are released. I trust those who love Statement Analysis will understand why many of the words in the letter have been skipped over for analysis:

This mother's pain is far too much and I hope the analysis causes someone close to her to assist and carefully watch her.

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