PORTLAND - Investigators have limited the search for a missing 7-year-old Portland boy to the city's metro area, despite tips from other areas , a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.
Kyron Horman vanished Friday after a science fair at rural Skyline Element ar y School.
Kyron is still being considered a “missing endangered child,” Multnomah County sheriff’s Capt. Jason Gates said at a news conference, adding the disappearance is not being investigated as a criminal matter.
“We’re not prepared to call it a criminal investigation at this point,” Gates said. It would be considered a crime “when we have elements or specific information about this case that would lead us in a direction where there are crimes that can be defined.”
The search has been difficult in the dense, hilly terrain near the school. At least one person was injured Monday on an embankment near a rural road and had to be transported by ambulance. .
Kyron was last seen about 9 a.m. Friday, shortly after the boy and his stepmother attended a science fair at the school. She has told police that she last saw him walking down a hallway toward his second-grade classroom, wearing a “CSI” T-shirt and dark cargo pants.
A search began after classes let out and Kyron didn’t come home on the bus. His stepmother called 911 about 3:45 p.m., and sheriff’s deputies and K-9 units began a search of the school and the two-mile route to his home.
The disappearance did not trigger an Amber Alert, Gates said, because police didn’t have the necessary criteria to issue one. Amber Alerts typically require that an abduction is confirmed.
Gates said he hopes to have the search concluded by the end of the week but said the sheriff’s office would “continue this investigation until there’s a resolution.”