Kyron case still active even with shift in focus

Kyron case still active even with shift in focus »Play Video
Kaine Horman, standing next to his son's Wall of Hope Friday, says even with the tactical turn in the search for his son, it is still an active case.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The search for Kyron Horman took a tactical turn Friday but the boy's father, Kaine, says he wants to be clear the change isn't the end but just a shift in focus.

According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, it is not disbanding the Kyron Horman Task Force, but it is just reorganizing it and the case is still an ongoing investigation.

Kaine Horman said he drives by his son's Wall of Hope nearly every day to look at what’s been posted. He knows which mementos are new and which ones have been here since his son disappeared more than a year ago.

"It's always a good thing to see," he said standing in front of the chain-link fence covered with balloons, streamers and colorful written messages of hope. "The support is still there, it's active and it's very important."

That support is especially important now that the Kyron Horman Task Force is transitioning to a more technical focus, a decision the sheriff’s office announced just before the anniversary of Kyron’s disappearance last month.

"It's going through communication records of all different forms," Kaine said. "You've got online; you've got cell phones; you've got whatever various angles you have on that."

Investigators will now focus on technology-based forensics, gathering information and following leads.

"And it's just a matter of time where they get to those last few areas they can't rule out and hopefully we can get some answers from those areas," Kaine said. He said he still believes his son is alive.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it's still an active investigation. In a room in the sheriff's office there are 68 binders with 4,500 leads. They give comfort to Kaine knowing investigators are working hard.

"Search and rescue goes out and does a search, and they don't find anything – to me that's a greater likelihood he's out there somewhere," he said. "I'm always hopeful he'll come home. It's just a matter of when."

According to the sheriff's office, all the major players like the FBI and Department of Justice will still be involved in the investigation. But it is a shift away from the task force model and most members will go back to their agencies and will be called in as needed.