The family of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman said today they are preparing for their first fathers day without him, while a police flyer seeking information appears to target the boy's stepmother.
At a press conference today, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jason Gates dispelled rumors that Kyron had been found and said that the search is still ongoing.
"[Kyron] has not been found yet and the community needs to keep looking for him," said Gates. "Kyron we are still looking for you."
"We are continuing a second canvas of the teachers, staff, volunteers, students and parents or anyone who came to the school the day Kyron went missing," said Gates.
Gates read a statement from the Horman family, thanking authorities for their hard work and chronicling their heartbreak after two weeks without word from their young son.
"It has been two weeks since our son Kyron disappeared," said the statement. "For the last 14 days we have not been able to talk to him see him playing around the house or tuck him in bed. Any parents would understand the grief that this causes our family."
"Father's day is Sunday. For the first time in seven years we won't have Kyron around to talk to. It hurts us deeply and our hearts are broken," it said.
Kyron's plight has put an unwelcome spotlight on the family. Earlier this week, the boy's uncle, Kristian Horman, 32, was taken into custody in Washington state following his conviction earlier in the week on charges of child molestation in the third degree. Officials say he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female relative. He will serve six months in prison.
The three-page flyer released by the sheriff's office is seeking information from anyone who was at the school or had children at the school where Kyron was last seen on June 4.
In addition to photographs of Kyron, the flyer has several images of his stepmother, Terri Horman, who was the last person to see the boy.
Questions on the flyers include "Did you see Kyron and if so where" and also asks if they saw his mother or her white Ford truck on that day.
The flyers come on the heels of the construction earlier this week of 30 large billboards with Kyron's smiling, bespectacled face, the words "Endangered Missing."
The billboards were donated by Clear Channel "to help get the message out to bring Kyron home," according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
"We're still waiting for that one tip. That one tip that will bring Kyron home," Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lt. Mary Lindstrand said earlier this week.
Lindstrand characterized the investigation as "moving forward" but declined to provide further details. Tips from the public continue to come in on "a consistent basis" she said, but didn't provide an exact number.
One tip arrived in the mail written on a postcard, Lindstrand said.
Police said dive teams continued searching bodies of water near where Kyron disappeared. Investigators including members of the sheriff's major crimes team and the FBI are canvassing a four mile radius around Kyron's school and re-interviewing parents, students and school employees.
Lindstrand said sheriff's officials are in regular contact with Kyron's parents, who have declined interviews.
"They said, 'We don't want our faces out there. We want Kyron's face out there,'" she said.