PORTLAND -- One year after 7-year-old Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline elementary, volunteers met at the Northwest Portland school to show they haven't given up on the search.
Timeline: The Search for Kyron Horman
They joined together to both support his family and clean up the campus. Kaine Horman, Kyron’s father, organized Saturday’s event. He said he wanted to do it “to acknowledge the day and also turn it into something positive for everyone.”
Chris Horman, Kyron’s grandmother, said, “We’re very sad it’s one year out and we don’t have Kyron yet.” But she remained hopeful and handed out buttons and fliers bearing his name and face. “We know we will find him.”
Kyron Horman was last seen at Skyline on the morning of Friday, June 4, 2010. His stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, took a photograph of him standing outside his class with his science project. She was the last known person to have seen him.
She was never charged or named as a suspect in his disappearance.
Hundreds of volunteers searched for Kyron in the days following his disappearance. It set in motion of one of the largest searches in Oregon state history.
Peter Cabot, a parent at Skyline, volunteered his time to clean the campus on Saturday.
“I think everyone in this community thinks about Kyron," he said, "some daily, some hourly.”
He remained hopeful the second-grader is found alive.
Kyron’s mother, Desiree Young, marked the anniversary privately at her Medford home. In a statement released to KGW she said “we will be spending this time with family, looking at pictures of Kyron, and remembering how wonderful Kyron is. We will be planting some of Kyron’s favorite flowers and dedicating an area to Kyron under his favorite plum tree in our yard. This day will be about the good and positive that Kyron brings to our lives.”
Kaine Horman said he was grateful for Saturday’s turnout.
“I think the support and the group actively involved in everything, continues to get larger, not smaller,” he said. “We still need a lot more help, he’s still out here somewhere and we need to find him."
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