Thursday, June 2, 2011

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Kyron Horman June 2, 2011 Press Release - 06/02/11

 What about all the other missing children?  What about Yashanee Vaughn ??? Kyron Horman and Yashanee Vaughn --- Contrasts and contradictions (or is it just racist?)

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Kyron Horman June 2, 2011 Press Release - 06/02/11

Kyron Horman was last seen on the morning of June 4, 2010 inside the Skyline Elementary School in front of his class room doorway. It was only after school was dismissed, nearly 6 hours later that it was noticed he was missing and a call was placed to 911 dispatchers. The initial fear was that he had wandered off by himself and might be injured. Members of the Portland Police Bureau began checking the school and surrounding area for Kyron. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office district patrol unit and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue were activated to assist in the search. Based on jurisdictional lines it was determined that the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would take the lead on the search and any subsequent investigation. After an initial assessment of the situation, and the time that had passed since Kyron was last seen, Sheriff Dan Staton contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and requested they assist the MCSO investigation team.

The search and subsequent initial investigation quickly evolved, enlisting assistance from local, county, state and federal partners as it grew into the largest single search effort in the State of Oregon. The multifaceted response immediately involved the coordination of the East County Major Crimes Team, the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office along with other investigators from Sheriff's Offices and police agencies in Oregon.

As the ongoing investigation expanded the Kyron Horman Task Force was organized by Sheriff Staton. Created on October 12, 2010, the Task Force was comprised of MCSO and seven partner agencies, including: the FBI, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau. The Task Force brought a fresh set of eyes to examine all the information collected during the first few months of the search for Kyron. To best utilize the highly skilled and experienced experts that had been brought together in the Task Force we developed task assignments, case briefs and expanded techniques and strategies as needed. The formation of the Task Force established an affirmed direction for the next phase of the ongoing investigation and assignments.

To date--through leads, interviews, search reports, search warrants and evidence collection--more than 68 four-inch investigative binders have been compiled. The total number of leads has exceeded 4,500, with over 3,500 interviews having been conducted by investigators. The Sheriff's Office and Task Force investigators have invested over 26,650 hours into the case to date. Additionally, Multnomah County Search and Rescue Coordinators and volunteers have logged 24,638 hours in the effort to find Kyron.

To meet the demands of this investigation as it continues to progress we will transition toward a more technical focus for the case starting July 1st. The agencies that will be involved at that time will include: the FBI, Oregon Department of Justice, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, who will remain as the lead investigative agency. We will be concentrating on technology based forensics, data entry and review of information compiled, leads and specific tasks that have been identified for the investigation, along with continued case development.

Although we have adapted our approach and techniques as this case has dictated, our dedication and resolve to find out what happened to Kyron has not changed in the least. This case will continue to hold the highest priority for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and all of our partners; from those actively involved in the beginning, through those involved in the Task Force and those that will continue after the July 1st transition. The impact of this case has touched the lives of all who are involved as well as families across the state and nation. Through all of the searches, interviews, leads followed, briefings, meetings and discussions with the leaders of the investigation the conviction remains the same--there will be a conclusion.

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