Investigators conduct search in Kyron Horman case over the weekend.

Kyron Horman Case: Police Search Wooded Area For Clues In Unsolved 2010 Disappearance Of Oregon Boy

Kyron Horman was in second grade and just 7-years-old when he vanished without a trace in 2010. He was last seen at a science fair at Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, having presented a project about tree frogs before school started for the day. The last person known to see him alive? His stepmother, Terri Horman (who is now residing in California and legally going by her maiden name, Terri Moulton). Since Kyron Horman went missing, she has been widely implicated as a person of interest in his disappearance, but has never been named an official suspect in the case.

After he vanished, the search for Kyron spawned the most expensive search and rescue operation in Oregon history, but to no avail. Since that fateful day in 2010, and despite thousands of tips and leads, the whereabouts of Kyron Horman remain unknown.

Even so, investigators have refused to allow the Kyron Horman case to go cold and have repeatedly made it known that the investigation into his disappearance is active. As Fox News reported, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (which has been handling Kyron’s case since he vanished in 2010) spent a large portion of the weekend searching for clues that may help them solve the unsolved mystery that Kyron has unfortunately become.

On Sunday, investigators working the Kyron Horman case conducted a large-scale search of a heavily forested stretch of land roughly five miles from Skyline Elementary School. Included among those participating in the search for Kyron (or clues to his disappearance) was a search and rescue team. The investigators reportedly collected several piece of evidence, although none appeared to be directly related to the case.

According to Multnomah County Sheriff spokesman Lieutenant Chad Gaidos, Sunday’s search wasn’t the result of new information in the case. Rather, investigators were looking for Kyron Horman in an area that had not been thoroughly searched before.

“We want to ensure we leave no stone unturned. This wasn’t based on any new information. It’s an investigation that will stay near and dear to our hearts until there’s an answer.”

While no official suspect has ever been named in the disappearance of Kyron Horman, his biological mother Desiree Young, has made no secret of who she believes is responsible for the loss of her child. Young has repeatedly and publicly called Terri Moulton Horman, Kyron’s stepmother, “the evil one,” and called on her to “come clean” regarding what she knows about Kyron’s disappearance.

Terri Horman was the last person known to see Kyron on the day he went missing. After he vanished, she reportedly failed multiple polygraph tests and was implicated in a murder-for-hire plot involving Kyron’s father, Kaine, with whom she has a biological child. Ultimately, Kaine Horman divorced Terri and won primary custody of the couple’s daughter. Terri was never charged in the murder-for-hire plot, and moved from Oregon to California to be closer to her family following the Kyron Horman disappearance and her subsequent divorce.

Kyron Horman would now be 14-years-old, and while his biological mother has not spoken publicly following this weekend’s search, Desiree Young did speak out in May during an event to honor National Missing Children’s Day. According to Young, she will “never give up” when it comes to finding her missing baby.

“My son is the reason I get up every day and fight to bring him home. I want to see him smile again. I want to hear his laugh and, most of all, I want to feel his hug. I will never give up.”

Ms. Young also implored anyone who may have information pertaining to the disappearance of Kyron Horman to come forward, even if they don’t think that what they know is important or pertinent to the case.

“I appeal to the people or persons that have that bit of information that they may not feel is relevant to contact law enforcement. Some days the hope that our child will come home is all that keeps us going. It’s our job as parents to keep our child’s case in the public eye and keep hope alive so the public keeps looking for all missing children.”

In May, the FBI unveiled a series of digital billboards in Oregon which are dedicated to the Kyron Horman disappearance; the billboards feature age-enhanced images of Kyron and are scattered throughout the state.

[Featured Image by Greg Wahl-Stephens/AP Images]