PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been seven years since Kyron Horman disappeared from his Northwest Portland elementary school and his mother hopes this year will be the year her son is found.
Young spoke about her son’s disappearance at a National Missing Children’s Day event in Salem on Thursday. Kyron is one of more than 400 children currently missing in Oregon, which is why Young says people should always keep their eyes open.
“We really wanted to show families that these kids are not forgotten,” Nici Vance with the Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Division said. Vance is a forensic anthropologist dedicating to identifying human remains found in Oregon.
“I see these kids and these adults in the worst way possible, but we always have hope to find missing kids…” Vance said.
On June 4, 2010, 7-year-old Kyron disappeared without a trace. Investigators continue to get tips from all across the nation and his family hopes he will be found someday.
A new age progression image of Kyron was released by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to show what Kyron would look like at age 14.
“I don’t care how big he is, I’m going to pick him up,” Young said. “I might squeeze him a little too tight.”
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate Kyron’s disappearance and Young believes this year will be the year her son is found. She’s optimistic about the investigation and ongoing search to find him.
“I’m just hoping that this year is our year,” she said. “I’m tired of waiting.”
Young doesn’t want people to stop hearing about Kyron or to stop looking for him.
“It’s been seven years,” she said. “He’s still missing. We still need to look for him.”
Parents can take a proactive step in helping authorities if their child goes missing by getting fingerprints and DNA samples of their children, which Oregon State Police provide.