Portland, Ore. - At the Multnomah County Sheriff's office is a room dedicated to a little boy with a big smile. It is a room full of binders and maps where detectives coordinate their investigation into the disappearance of Kyron Horman.
In many ways the room looks like a war room. There are maps that show in great detail exactly where they have searched for Kyron. And the numbers of tips is staggering. Detectives have chased down nearly four thousand five hundred leads. Sources tell NewsChannel Eight that they have looked at scores of potential suspects and have interviewed more than four hundred fifty people.
Chief Deputy Jason Gates has worked the case since day one. He was the face of the investigation at press conference and at the search sites. But the humanness of the situation overwhelmed much of what was being talked about. “We care about this little boy and his family and that’s what it’s all about”, Gates says. He is not the only one.
Countless Sheriff’s deputies and six criminal behaviorists and profilers from the F.B.I. have worked the case. But to Gates, and others, there is something disturbing. “It’s disturbing to our public because we have a child that went missing from a school”.
It has been nearly a year since we learned that a child, who had just shown his work at a school science fair, suddenly vanished from Skyline Elementary School. That day, the last person to see him alive was his step-mother, Terri Horman. She remains a person of interest but has not been named as a suspect by authorities.
It is a very human story about one little boy. Deputy Gates and everyone commitment to finding Kyron pledges to keep the war room going until the case is cracked. “We don't want to lose here. We want to win. We want to win for Kyron. We want to win for his family. We want to win for the public we serve here”.