PORTLAND, Ore. -- Thursday marked the five-year anniversary of Kyron Horman's disappearance. A crowd gathered at the Wall of Hope to remember Kyron and bring attention to the case.
"I want people to spread the word," said Desiree Young, Kyron's mom. "I want to reach people who don't know the story."
The story started on the morning of June 4, 2010. That is when Kyron vanished from Skyline School.
"I truly thought we'd get the call that night that they had found Kyron and we'd get back to our life," said Desiree Young. "I never thought we'd be here in five years, let alone more than one night."
Several extensive searches have followed, and a criminal investigation focusing on Kyron's stepmother, Terri, although she has never been named a suspect in the case.
"Every fiber of my being says she did it," Young added.
But as Young will admit, that is for another day. Thursday evening's candlelight vigil was about Kyron. His best friend from Skyline jumped at the chance to be at the vigil.
"I want him to be here so I can see him again," said Carson Lopez.
Unlike Lopez, a number of people at the vigil did not know Kyron or his family. They were simply touched by the story.
"We just wanted to be here to support the family," said Michelle Fellows. "To show that we are still believing Kyron is out there."
Perhaps nobody believes more than Young. She and her husband, Tony Young, spoke and placed items at the Wall of Hope. After inviting everyone to walk around the wall, she released balloons and a special message.
"We're coming Kyron," she said. "We'll bring you home."
A detective with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is working the case full time. You are urged to call authorities if you have any information. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Kyron.