Crime

Search On for Oregon Boy Kyron Horman, Vanished from School

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Oregon authorities are looking into the mysterious disappearance of a 7-year-old boy, who vanished from school without a trace. Police, though, say they are "not prepared" to call the incident a kidnapping.

Kyron Horman was last seen by his stepmother Friday morning at Skyline Elementary School in Portland. Terri Moulton Horman said she attended a science fair with the boy at the school. When it was over, she watched him walk down a hallway to his classroom.

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At the end of the day, when Kyron did not get off a school bus that normally takes him home, the stepmother and the father called the school. They were told Kyron had not been in class all day.

School officials immediately sent out an automated telephone alert to parents, asking them to keep an eye out for Kyron. But no one has seen him.

Police spent the weekend talking to 200 students and their parents. Volunteers trudged through the rain distributing fliers and searching for the boy. The FBI sent in a profiler from the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team to help out.

Sheriff Dan Staton describes Kyron as a "missing endangered child" because more than two days have gone by since he was last seen, and because the rain hampered search efforts. "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.

However, when asked if there were any persons of interest, Staton replied: "In this type of situation I think everyone is of interest to us."