Parents worry about their young children all of the time. However, the worry tends to abate when parents feel secure knowing that their kids are with relatives, at home, or in school. Unfortunately, the Kyron Horman disappearance is eroding the public’s trust in school safety.
Last seen wearing a pair of black cargo pants, white socks, black Sketchers (tennis shoes) and a black CSI t-shirt, Kyron disappeared from his Oregon elementary school on Friday, June 11th, 2010.
The boy, age 7, was reported missing when he did not return from school on the bus. His stepmother, the last person who had contact with Kyron, said that he was walking to his classroom when she dropped him off that morning.
When Kyron didn’t return home after school, his parent contacted the school, learning then that he never made it to class. They immediately contacted police, who launched a missing person’s search. According to this morning’s news, the search is now a criminal investigation.
As professional private investigators, MSI’s detectives have seen their share of missing child investigations, but not one that occurred in broad daylight on elementary school grounds. The reported circumstances in this case are very troubling.
In Portland, a criminal profiler echoed our thoughts, on record that they don’t think a stranger played a role in the boy’s disappearance.
According to criminal profiler Dr. Ron Turco, “Something doesn’t fit. He was an intelligent boy and was very proud of what he did at school. You have to hypothesize that he went with someone he knew. A family member or someone associated with the family.” (Dr. Turco is not involved with the investigation and offered his professional opinion.)
Oregon police investigators seem to agree, but have not commented on the pending investigation, stating that Kyron is “an endangered missing child.”
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the local tip line in Oregon at (503)- 261-2847 or your nearest FBI Office. In Chicago: (312) 421-6700.
The FBI’s Missing Person description:
“Kyron is a White male with blue eyes and brown hair. He is 3’8″ tall and weighs 50 pounds. Kyron was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the letters “CSI” in green and a handprint graphic on it, black cargo pants, white socks, and black Skechers sneakers with orange trim. He wears wire-rimmed glasses.”