The parents of a 7-year-old boy who disappeared from school on Friday have reached out to their community and urged the public to keep looking for their son.
“We need for folks to continue to assist us in our goal,” Kyron Horman’s family said in a statement Wednesday, six days after authorities launched a massive search for the boy who was last seen at his elementary school in Portland, Ore. “Please search your properties, your cars, your outbuildings, your sheds. Also check with your neighbors and friends who may be on vacation or may need assistance to search their property.”
“There are a lot of resources out there to help,” the statement, which was read by Multnomah County Sheriff family liaison Capt. Mike Shults at a news conference, continues. “Please don’t stop.”
Shults said the boy’s parents would not be speaking publicly because they wanted to keep the focus on finding Kyron. However, they also wanted to thank the public for their “interest in finding their son” and that “the outpouring of support and continued efforts strengthens their hope.”
Sixty trained searchers and volunteers have been helping to find the boy, and another 17 agencies, including the FBI, who interviewed nearly 200 of Kyron’s classmates and their parents at Skyline Elementary, are also assisting with the investigation, says sheriff spokeswoman Mary Lindstrand.
Investigators are also planning to start a larger-scale statewide search by Thursday, said Capt. Jason Gates. Officials say they have been focusing their search on specific locations this week after more than 1,200 tips poured into the tip line.
The second-grader’s stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, said she watched Kyron walk to his classroom Friday morning after the two visited the school’s science fair.
But when he never made it home on his scheduled bus that afternoon, his parents called Skyline. Staff at school reportedly had not seen the boy, described as 3’8″ and 50 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes, in class that day.
On Sunday, the sheriff’s department said it was not calling Kyron’s disappearance a kidnapping but rather a “missing endangered child” case because he was last seen more than two days ago and since search efforts had been hampered by rainy weather.