Friday, June 11, marks a week since seven-year-old Kyron Horman went missing. His stepmother knew something was wrong on June 4 when the second-grader didn’t get off the bus at the end of the school day. She notified his school, Skyline Elementary in Northwest Portland, where she had last seen him on the way to his classroom from the science fair where she had accompanied him earlier that morning. The school told her Kyron had been marked absent for the day. Skyline school officials then quickly notified police and parents of the boy’s disappearance.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s office has been handling the case, following up on more than 1200 tips from around the state. The search recently expanded with the assistance of trained searchers from Oregon’s 35 other counties. The Portland Public School district has announced changes to its protocol for notifying parents when a student is absent.
What else would you like to see change as a result of Kyron’s disappearance? What can parents and school officials learn from this event that has frightened and saddened many people? Have you ever experienced anything like this? What is the best response?
Investigators ask that anyone with information that could be helpful in the search for Kyron Horman call the tip line at 503-261-2847.