PORTLAND -- Kyron Horman's biological mother, Desiree Young, wrote an emotional letter to her son during his disappearance, hoping that he will return someday soon to read it.

Young agreed to share the letter with NBC, along with additional photos of Kyron with his family, as part of the ongoing coverage of the case. This is an exact copy of the letter sent to NBC in a Word document:

Dear Kyron,

I am so soooooo sorry that this has happened. I am sorry that I was not there to protect you. I will never be able to forgive myself for being so many hours away when you needed me the most. I pray that you come back to me because I am afraid that I can t live without you. I miss you every second of every day. I would give my life for yours, I just want you back safe. You must come back to us. We have so many things that we have planned this summer that you are going to love. Quinn loves you so much and wants you home too. All of the family is here and wants you to know just how much they miss you. Mayson is terribly sad without his best friend to play with and wants you home soon.

When you come home I will show you all of [the] things that everyone did for you, just to find you. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people that don t know you and yet they pray for you every night. They know how much I miss you and need you and they just want to bring you home to me. There are so many wonderful people working on this case and they are going to find you soon.

I would give anything to run my fingers through your short hair again. I miss having you to hug anytime I want. Night time is always hard for me. I miss you so much and want you back here so that I can protect you from all of the horrible things in this world. I just can t believe that you aren t still with us. Your life has been really great and I know that it is [not] done yet. A long time ago you saved my life and now I am going to do the same for you. Our lives will never be the same after this. I love you very much!

Momma (Desiree Young)

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