Savannah Eadens / Oregonlive.com (TNS)
Twelve years after Kyron Hormon disappeared from a Portland elementary school, the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children has released a new age-appropriate photo showing what the 7-year-old might look like today.
A photo on the center’s website and a video posted on its social media show a young man in his 19 or 20s with light brown hair and blue eyes covered in rectangular glasses.
“Police are hoping this brand new image can finally help bring him home,” the caption reads.
The disappearance without a trace of the boy from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010 spurred the largest search effort in Oregon history and captured national attention as the investigation shone a spotlight on her stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman. She was never charged with the disappearance.
Kyron’s mother, Desiree Young, said the journey from southern Oregon to Portland was never easier as she worked to keep the disappearance in the public eye.
“To travel for 12 years and stop at school and knowing that was the last place Kyron was, I can’t even explain the anguish and grief,” Young said on Saturday. a press conference with the Portland television networks.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office collected reference photos to produce the new image estimating what Horman might look like more than a decade later. Photos of the second-grader’s age were posted every few years: first at 10 or 11, then at 14 or 15 and later.
The boy’s mother-in-law took the last known photo of Kyron the morning of his disappearance as he posed in front of his Red-Eyed Tree Frog science fair project. He wore a black T-shirt with “CSI” in green letters and a hand-printed graphic. Police said he was also wearing black cargo pants, white socks and black Skechers sneakers with orange trim. He had a distinct V-shaped strawberry birthmark on his forehead.
The criminal investigation remains “open and active,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Spokesman Chris Liedle said the sheriff’s office receives anywhere from one to 20 leads a month, depending on how much publicity the case receives. Two detectives and an FBI agent remain assigned to the case and follow up on tips, he said.
Liedle released a few more details. The sheriff’s office has repeatedly refused to release records, including 911 calls, citing the open investigation.
Ongoing efforts include matching DNA from Kyron’s toothbrush and other family members with the National DNA Database, the sheriff’s office statement said. Kyron’s dental characteristics and x-rays were also uploaded to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System for comparison to unidentified remains across the United States.
A $50,000 reward is available for information leading to the resolution of the case. Report tips to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office hotline at 503-988-0560 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.
“The possibility that Kyron is still alive is not zero, and our greatest hope has always been that he is returned to his parents safe and sound,” Liedle said.