Posted: May 17, 2011
Nearly one year after Kyron Horman vanished from his northwest Portland grade school, investigators say they haven't given up hope.
On Monday, FOX 12 stepped inside the investigation's "war room" at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Nearly 70 binders filled with 4,500 tips related to Kyron are kept in the space.
Sgt. Travis Gullberg says tips have come in every day since the boy disappeared from Skyline School on June 4.
"A lot of times, it's sightings -- people that believe they've seen Kyron, people that think they have information, and it can come from all different avenues and all over the place," he says.
Gullberg says investigators use the room daily.
"(It's) not going to be a cold case," he says.
Down the hallway is another "war room," one used for search and rescue efforts. Maps of Sauvie Island and the Skyline area cover the walls -- pieces of what is the largest search in county history.
Gullberg says he can't provide details, but says everything in the investigation has been done for a purpose and that they're not giving up hope.
"He has every possibility of being alive and we'll keep searching until we bring him home," Gullberg says. "It's a very emotional thing for people to go through, many of us being first responders and ones that took the call -- the first call -- and being parents. It's not easy and I just know we're dedicated to bringing Kyron home."
Kaine Horman, Kyron's father, says he meets with investigators every two to three weeks. He says he wakes up every day and knows there's more to be done in the search.
"Eventually, you get to the point, and some people it takes longer and some people never get to it, I think, but you really have to make a choice of are you going to pick yourself up and go or are you going to curl up in a ball in a dark room and sit there? And, unfortunately, the latter is what you emotionally feel more of, but that doesn't get anything done, that doesn't help," Kaine Horman says.
He says investigators are still looking into the possible involvement of his estranged wife, Terri Horman.
Although no one has been named a suspect in the boy's disappearance, she has remained the focus of the investigation.