Having spent $1 million already, authorities shift the probe to a task force of 8-10 detectives

By Elaine Aradillas
September 16, 2010 08:35 AM
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police in Oregon are moving the investigation into Kyron Horman’s disappearance to a smaller task force, while cryptically promising to reveal surprising things about the case when it is finally resolved.

Having spent $1 million on the investigation since Horman went missing more than three months ago, Multnomah County police are assigning it to a task force of 8-10 detectives from different agencies, including a member of the FBI, sheriff Dan Staton said Wednesday.

Staton, who choked up several times while speaking at a press conference, added, mysteriously, that police have uncovered information in the case that they wish they didn’t know about.

“I think there will be things that will come out of this investigation that will surprise you, that you’ll think about later on, after it’s over,” he said. “We have a knowledge of things we don’t want to know about. We have knowledge of things we wish we didn’t.”

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Staton defended the amount of money spent on the case. “We threw everything we possibly could at this because it involved a school and it involved a child,” he said. “We’ve closed enough doors in the course of this investigation to bring it down to a scale where we can target specific elements that we need to bring a successful conclusion to this.”

Kyron, who turned 8 last Thursday, vanished June 4 from his Portland-area school. He was reportedly last seen by his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, who has often has been the focus of the investigation.

Kyron’s parents, Kaine Horman and Desiree Young, are scheduled to appear Thursday on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the case.