Mom of missing Kyron won’t ‘let Terri win’

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Following a news conference Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, Desiree Young meets with members of the volunteer search party that spent the weekend trying to come up with new clues into Kyron Horman's disappearance. (KOIN 6 News, Ellen Hansen)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The mother of a missing northwest Portland boy spoke to the press Sunday as search efforts renewed for evidence into his disappearance: “If he was here, he would say thank you very much.”

Desiree Young’s news conference came as the search for Kyron Horman continued up over the weekend, albeit in a less than official sense.

“I can say that it was successful,” Young said of the weekend volunteer-led search. She said information gathered will be turned over to law enforcement.

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Desiree Young gets a hug Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, from a member of the volunteer search party that spent the weekend trying to come up with new evidence into Kyron Horman’s disappearance. (KOIN 6 News, Ellen Hansen)

Volunteers with the group Kyron Horman’s World Soldiers set up a staging area in northwest Portland off Skyline Boulevard. They recruited two non-profit search agencies, and said they had an overwhelming response from volunteers.

Aided by 10 search dog teams, around 60 volunteers each day scoured the area around Skyline Boulevard and Germantown Road — the same area searchers combed shortly after Kyron disappeared in 2010.

Young said multiple items have been turned over to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, which she praised for its continuing efforts in the case. Young isn’t saying exactly what or specifically where they searched, citing the “continuing investigation” into Kyron’s disappearance.

But, she said, “we will find him.”

Young said the weekend has given her hope, not only of finding Kyron but of finding out if Kyron’s former stepmother Terri had anything to do with the disappearance.

“I refuse, refuse to let Terri win,” Young said.

Terri was one of the last people known to have seen Kyron alive. Authorities stress Terri has never been charged with a crime related to this missing person case.

Kyron was last seen at Skyline Elementary School more than three years ago.

Young said more searches are still a possibility.

“My mission has always been to bring Kyron home,” Young said Sunday. “…Whatever it takes.”

Shortly after the news conference Sunday, Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 News it’s his understanding  volunteer searchers turned some items over to the sheriff’s office. He said the sheriff’s office does not know if the items are significant to the case or not, and can’t officially call the items evidence at this time. The items are headed for processing by sheriff’s office staff.

The Kyron Horman’s World Soldiers group posted this note on its Facebook page: “Please take a moment and light a candle or two for Kyron & his family … He deserves to be home and his family deserves to have him home and get the answers they need and want. Thank you all for your wonderful love & support for Kyron & his family.”

— KOIN Anchor/Reporter Ken Boddie contributed information to this report.

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