Posted: Feb 24, 2011
The investigation into the disappearance of Kyron Horman will be getting a boost from the FBI, which is dedicating up to six agents to help a sheriff's office task force.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton updated county commissioners on the case this morning and said the investigation is "moving forward" and "continuing strongly."
The team of investigators assigned to the case includes an expert in information technology and a communications technology expert hired out of California to look over cell phone and cell tower data. There is also a behavioral psychologist helping in the case, Staton said.
Multnomah County Chief Deputy Jason Gates says the FBI has been a partner in the investigation "since day one."
"They have been instrumental in just coming to the plate any time that we've asked. We've requested FBI resources and they have been very up front in providing them to us," he says. "There are not many agencies that are able to provide six bodies just by asking."
Kyron has been missing since June 4, 2010, when he was seen at a morning science fair at Skyline Elementary School. Since that time, the sheriff's office has investigated more than 4,300 leads. So far, the case has cost the county $1.4 million.
Search teams scoured the areas between his home and school for days after Kyron's disappearance. They've also made numerous trips to Sauvie Island to search the murky waters.
Last month, they also searched two specific locations in the area of Skyline and Rocky Point roads, plus a gravel road in the Dixie Mountain area.
The sheriff also provided the following details about the investigation:
Following the presentation, Commissioner Loretta Smith asked if the sheriff's office is on the right track.
Rod Underhill, a chief deputy district attorney, answered with a short answer of "Yes," but went on to say the district attorney's office is obligated to create a case that is provable in a court of law to the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.
"It requires a tremendous amount of evidence in order to bring justice to the individual or individuals who might be responsible," said Underhill.
Gates says he believes the investigation is on the right track.
"We want one of two outcomes here. We want to solve this case, number one. That is really what we want. The second option is that we want to have done everything that we can possibly have done in order to solve this case," he says.
Gates says he hopes the case will be solved by June, when the count commissioners will reassess the investigation, but he can't be sure.
"This is an extraordinarily complicated investigation on a number of levels. That's the bottom line. It's not an easy case. If it was an easy case, we would have solved it months ago," he says.
Desiree Young, Kyron's biological mother, held a news conference this past weekend and said she believes it's time to name a suspect. However, she told Fox 12 she's confident in the sheriff's investigation.
"We're confident that what they're doing is all the right stuff, and every bit of information we've gotten from them has reassured that," she said.