The Multnomah County sheriff said the investigation into Kyron Horman's disappearance will be refocused and handled by a task force.
Sheriff Dan Staton said Wednesday his new team, which could consist of eight to 10 detectives from different law enforcement agencies, will help redirect resources as the investigation narrows its focus. Depending on the need, 15 to 25 detectives have been dedicated to the case since Kyron vanished from his northwest Portland school on June 4.
The changes are set to take place later this week or early next week, he said.
"We're not scaling back. We've closed multiple doors in the investigation," Staton said. "I'm not going to let this fall through the cracks. It would be irresponsible of me to do that."
The search for Kyron and ensuing criminal investigation have cost the sheriff's office $1,044,000, Staton said, and sapped resources from the community.
"We have taken critical hits in all units throughout the agency to support the investigation. And we hit a critical phase," Staton said.
The news conference was scheduled after the Portland Tribune reported that the sheriff spoke about the task force with members of the Portland Business Alliance on Wednesday morning. Staton said he made the decision to begin refocusing the investigation after a Friday briefing with the district attorney and detectives.
Kyron's parents, Kaine Horman and Desiree Young, said they are scheduled to meet with investigators later this week but were unaware of any changes when called for comment by a FOX 12 reporter.
Kyron was last seen by his stepmother, Terri Horman, after an early-morning science fair at Skyline School.
Young and Kaine Horman have stated they believe Terri Horman is involved in the disappearance and have pleaded for her to cooperate with investigators, but sheriff's deputies haven't announced any suspects or persons of interest.
Although Staton did not comment about specifics in the case, he said the investigation continues to weigh on his deputies and that people would be surprised by their findings. "We have a knowledge of things we don't want to know about. We have a knowledge of things we wish we didn't," he said.
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