Like many parents this time of year, Kaine Horman went shopping for school supplies, buying everything needed for his son Kyron to start the third grade.
“They’re all in his backpack in his room, ready to go. He’s on the teachers’ roster. They have his desk waiting. Everything is ready for him,” says Horman, 36.
But Kyron, who turns 8 on Thursday, wasn’t there for the first day of school Tuesday. The boy with the big glasses and toothy smile vanished June 4 from his Portland-area school. His stepmother Terri Moulton Horman has become the focus of the investigation but she has never been named a suspect.
As students return to school from summer vacation, a desk will be waiting for Kyron, says Matt Shelby, spokesman for the Portland School District.
“He’s enrolled as a student. There’s a spot there waiting for him,” says Shelby, who adds that school policy states that a child is withdrawn from school after missing 10 consecutive days. “The school is ready for Kyron and we all hope he shows up.”