Andrew Burton (Syracuse University)
Domestic Picture Story
On June 4th, 2010, Kyron Horman, a 7-year-old from northwest Portland, Oregon went missing from his elementary school. In the weeks following his disappearance, the largest search and rescue effort ever put together in the state of Oregon was launched. The search involved search and rescue teams from multiple states, local and state officials, and the FBI. His parents and step-parents did not make an appearance for over a week, and the police were heavily criticized by the media for the lack of information they released. Kyron has never been found, and as far as officials have let the public know, the case has received no significant breaks. He is still considered endangered missing.
Kyron Horman went missing on Friday, June 4, 2010 from inside Skyline Elementary school in rural northwest Portland, Oregon. Skyline Elementary School students returned on the morning of Monday, June 7, to find their quiet neighborhood drastically transformed by search crews scouring the landscape, FBI officials interviewing families and an aggressive media attempting to get details on the story. Posters of Kyron were placed around the school and cars were interviewed by police as they drove into the area.
Caleb Carr, a member of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team, searches a private property on Cornelius Pass, in Northwest Portland on June 6, 2010. June of 2010 was one of the rainiest in Oregon history, making the search efforts subject to rainstorms and muddy, wet terrain.
Kyron's stepfather Tony Young (far left) consoled Kyron's biological mother (center left), Desiree Young, while Captain Monte Reiser (center) gave a press conference on June 13. Kyron's stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman (center right) and his biological father, Kaine Horman look on. Both sets of parents chose not to appear before the media until one week after the boy's disappearance, raising questions from the media and general public.
Lt. Mary Lindstrand, spokeswoman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, displays a pair of Kyron Horman's socks similar to the pair he had on the day he disappeared.
Starting at 3:30 AM on June 24, Desiree Young and Kaine Horman, Kyron's biological parents, sat through three hours of local and national interviews. Dateline would go on to produce a piece about Kyron's disappearance.
Searchers on horseback from Lane, Clackamas and Wasco counties were used on June 11. Helicopters and dogs were also used throughout the search. Despite an obvious focus on Sauvie Island, an expansive patch of farm land approximately two miles from Kyron's school, officials initially refused to explain why searchers were focused there.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Captain Jason Gates wipes his brow while reporters barrage him with questions and criticisms after a press conference on June 18, 2010. The media felt the Sheriff's office was not releasing enough information about the investigation.
Approximately two and a half weeks after Kyron disappeared, a wall of hope was created on the chain link fence surrounding Skyline School. Kyron is still considered endangered missing.