Is the Kyron Horman Case Turning into a Cold Case?

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Is Kyron Horman’s case turning into a cold case? Kyron Horman has been missing since June 4, and it doesn’t seem like investigators are any closer to finding him. Recent changes in the investigation have people wondering if his case will grow cold.

Money a Major Factor in Downsizing of Kyron Horman Investigation

According to CBSNews, the recent change in the dynamics of the investigative team may be the reason some people are wondering if Kyron Horman’s case is destined to become a cold case. Since Kyron Horman’s case is the most expensive case ever in the history of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, money has definitely become a major factor, and was at least partially responsible for the downsizing of personnel investigating the case.

Despite all of this, Sheriff Dan Staton of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office does not want people to think that the investigation into Kyron Horman’s disappearance is growing cold.

“I do not want the term scaling back utilized in this process. We are not scaling back,” the sheriff told CBS reporters.

Staton says the task force that is taking over the case will provide a “narrowed” search for Kyron Horman.

“The commitment we have to the community has suffered because of what has been dedicated and how we’ve worked this investigation fluidly, and it’s reached the point where I’ve got to release these investigators back to their normal tasks,” he said.

Former Sheriff’s Captain Disagrees

Bruce McCain is a former captain of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and he vehemently disagrees with what the public is being told.

“Even though the sheriff says this is not being scaled back, the fact is, when you’re the lead agency and you’re now paring back to only 30 percent of a task force, there is no other way to describe that than scaling back. The real problem here (is that) he will try to shift up to 70 percent of the cost of this investigation to smaller cities and jurisdictions that have nothing to do with the Kyron case jurisdictionally. It will be a tough sale, so by default, it will be his case whether he likes it or not,” McCain says.

Kyron Horman was last seen on June 4 at the Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. He was in the company of his stepmother Terri Horman, who while never being officially listed as a suspect in the case, has definitely been the focus of the investigation for many weeks now. She and her friend DeDe Spicher are unofficially suspected of having involvement in Kyron’s disappearance.

Kyron’s parents, Kaine Horman and Desiree Young have done everything they can to keep the case alive and in the public’s face. They have appeared on news programs and even the Oprah Winfrey Show, and, as reported by, are involved in a plant and shrub sale being held next weekend, October 8 and 9, in the Portland area. Proceeds will help fund the search for Kyron.

The case received another minor blow in recent days when billboards featuring Kyron’s picture and information were taking down to make way for advertising.

What do you think? Is the Kyron Horman case about to grow cold? Can anything be done to prevent the Kyron Horman case from becoming yet another tragic cold case?


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