Kyron investigators focus on movements of white pickup

Kyron investigators focus on movements of white pickup

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by Teresa Blackman and Frank Mungeam, kgw.com staff

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Posted on August 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 9:43 AM

PORTLAND – In a Wednesday press conference, investigators in the disappearance of Kyron Horman focused attention on the movements of the family's white pickup truck on the day the 7-year-old disappeared.

Sources tell KGW the real focus of investigators is not on the pickup truck itself but rather on whether witnesses saw anyone with Terri Horman in the pickup as she moved around town that day.

For the first time in the investigation, authorities showed and talked about two locations far from the school where Kyron was last seen on June 4. Chief Multnomah County Deputy DA Rod Underhill said he wanted to know more about possible sightings of a white truck that matched the description of the Horman family pickup at a Fred Meyer store in Beaverton and another in Hillsboro.

Sources tell KGW that Terri has told friends and investigators that she stopped by the two stores, and investigators have verified those statements. Sources say investigators now want to know if anyone was seen with her.

Investigators released new photos and details, hoping to jog people's memories and cultivate new leads in the ten-week-old investigation. Several large new photos were put on display for the media during the press conference.

Photos: Sightings of white truck

Interactive map: Truck locations

Underhill asked for the public's help in providing specific details about sightings of a white truck at these Fred Meyer locations:

- 22075 NW Imbrie Dr., just off Cornelius Pass Rd., in Hillsboro around 9 a.m. on June 4.

- 15995 SW Walker Rd. in Beaverton around 10 a.m. on June 4.

In addition, investigators asked people to think back about whether they saw a white truck on or around Newberry Rd., Germantown Rd., Old Germantown Rd., Skyline Rd., Springville Rd., or Skyline Elementary School between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. on the day Kyron vanished.

Sources tell KGW that this time frame is significant: They say investigators have determined that, from the time Terri left the second Fred Meyer, it would have taken her until about 10:15 to return to the Skyline area where DeDe Spicher was reportedly gardening. Terri would have had to leave the Skyline area by 11:30 in order to get to the gym at the time she reportedly checked in that afternoon.

Skyline Elementary School sightings

Underhill also pointed to photos behind him that showed the white pickup truck, at different angles, parked in front of Skyline Elementary School and on a side street in front of Skyline. Yet another photo showed a large parking lot at Skyline and investigators asked that anyone who parked in that lot on June 4th, before 8:45 a.m., call police with the year, make, model, color, and license number of their vehicle.

Sources tell KGW investigators took all the photos Tuesday.

“A witness or witnesses have come forward with information about a person or persons associated with that pickup truck at or near those locations. [before 8:45 a.m.] We are looking for further witnesses,” Underhill explained.

Details: Police share timeline of specific locations


Poilce want "independent witnesses"

Investigators emphasized they were looking for witnesses to come forward who had not been subject to "suggestion."

"We are looking for independent witnesses with independent recollection," said Capt. Jason Games with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Asked why the truck location details were only released ten weeks into the investigation, Capt. Gates said: “We’re going to put out pieces of information in order to help people remember and as we develop new leads in the case, we develop new locations based on that information."

Investigators said people should call the tip line if they have any information related to any of the specific locations outlined Wednesday, as investigators continued to try and zero in on new clues. Tip line: (503) 261-2847

“The investigation is certainly productive, but it’s not just one of those cases that’s going to fall into our lap,” Gates added. “We don’t’ have any information indicating that Kyron Horman is not alive.”

2nd person in Terri's truck

KGW first reported Monday that a second person was seen in the white truck that Terri drove on June 4, while she was inside Skyline Elementary School with Kyron on the day her step-son vanished. KGW Report: 2nd person in Terri’s truck

Several sources in the Skyline community, including people who have spoken with investigators, told KGW about this sighting of an unknown adult but they have not said whether the person was a man or woman.

Flier focuses on DeDe Spicher

In addition, police on Tuesday released a new flier distributed to residents who live near Skyline, which contained more photos of Terri, along with her close friend, DeDe Spicher. The flier also asked if anyone had information about either of their whereabouts on June 4, the day Kyron vanished.

More: Police distribute new flier as part of investigation

Reliable sources told KGW that Spicher was gone and unreachable even longer than originally thought on June 4. Sources now say that she left the place where she was gardening near Skyline at 10 a.m. and could not be tracked down until 1 p.m., leaving a 3-hour window when she was unaccounted for.

Complete Coverage: Search for Kyron Horman

KGW's Colin Miner contributed to this report.

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