The family of missing Oregon 7-year-old Kyron Horman made their first statement Wednesday since the boy disappeared.
Here is the complete statement, read by Capt. Mike Shults of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office:
Kyron’s family would like to thank people for support and interest in finding their son. The outpouring of support and continued effort strengthens their hope.
We need for folks to continue to assist us in our goal. Please search your properties – cars, out buildings, sheds, etc. Also check with neighbors and friends who may be on vacation or may need in assistance in searching. There are a lot of resources here to help you search, so please don’t stop.
It is obviously a difficult time and they want to speak to the public so you can hear it from Kyron’s family as they come together to share their message. Their objective is to keep the focus on Kyron and not about anything else.
Kyron's stepmother last saw him walking towards his classroom at his school in Portland following a science fair last Friday morning.
Meantime, the search for Kyron is expanding. Investigators activated a statewide search-and-rescue plan that will bring hundreds of searchers to the area, said Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The crews, which will come from all 36 of Oregon's counties, will be on the ground here as early as Wednesday night, but in full force by Thursday, he said.
"We are fully utilizing every resource that's available to us, many I didn't even know were available," Gates said.
Gates would not talk about any possible clues gathered since last Friday. But he admitted being frustrated.
"We want to find Kyron and we want to get him home. That is our total focus. The longer that that takes -- it's frustrating," Gates said. "But like I said, we are focused on that mission. We can't concentrate too much on how long it's taking, we have to concentrate on doing our job."
He added, "But yeah, I'm certainly frustrated."