PORTLAND – Social media is having a growing impact on the breadth of the public effort to spread the word about missing boy Kyron Horman and his family was also using it as a way to keep in touch with relatives and friends.
Kyron’s step-mom, Terri Moulton Horman, has been reaching out for help on Facebook by posting ongoing comments since his disappearance last Friday.
People were also sharing words of support for the Horman family through social media and Terri had responded to some of the comments, including one that thanked everyone for helping however they could.
“It was great to be out yesterday with the detectives and to see a flyer on a car in a parking lot. Every little bit helps. We will have more flyers here today,” one of the online posting said.
Other than Facebook, several chat rooms, along with YouTube and Twitter pages were filled with messages of courage and tips for investigators.
Detectives also said they were following the online messages the best they could, in search of possible clues to the boy’s whereabouts.
“They now go into Twitter, anything that people voluntarily put on and becomes public record, they [detectives] can go in there and they can access that information,” explained criminal expert Larry Rasson, who is now retired from the Portland Police Bureau.
The story has gone viral online across the nation and the world.