Sheriff: Kyron task force changing course
Sheriff will continue investigating boy's June 2010 disapperance, but without a task force
Days before the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Kyron Horman, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said it has disbanded the multiagency task force assigned to the investigation.
Instead, according to the statement, future work in the case will focus 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.'
Multnomah County has spent more than $1.4 million on the case.
The task force will be reformed if any new information is developed to justify it. The goal is still to learn what happened to Kyron and solve the case, the statement said.
'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,' according to the statement.
Kyron was 7 when he vanished from Skyline School on June 4, 2010. His disappearance was not noted for around six hours, when he did not return home from school and reported missing by his father, Kaine Horman, and stepmother, Terri Horman.
Although the sheriff's office mounted the most extensive search effort in its history, no sign of the boy has been turned up. Terri Horman has been a focus of the investigation, in part because she brought the boy to school that day. Investigators have not named a suspect or a person of interest in the case. Terri Horman is not accused of any crime connected with Kyron's disappearance.
Kaine Horman has filed for divorce and Terri moved last year to her parents' home in Roseburg. Kyron's mother, Desiree Young, have repeatedly accused Terri of being involved in the investigation, but have not presented any evidence to back up their claims.
26,650 hours of investigation
After initial searches around the school failed to find Kyron, the sheriff's office formed a task force to continue the investigation that also included representatives of 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 reviewed the evidence and tips collected to date, but was still unable to locate Kyron or make an arrest in the case.
'To date - through leads, interviews, search reports, search warrants and evidence collection - more than 68 four-inch investigative binders have been compiled,' Sheriff Dan Staton said in his statement. '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.'