Police: Calif. sightings are not missing Ore. boy

Police: Calif. sightings are not missing Ore. boy »Play Video
This photo, taken the morning of Kyron Horman's disappearance, shows Kyron in the shirt he was wearing at the time he went missing. His science fair project is in the background. (Photo courtesy of KATU-TV, Portland. Ore.)
YREKA, Calif. - Three possible sightings of a missing Oregon boy in Yreka, Calif., have turned out to be someone else who closely resembles the boy, authorities said.

Police earlier had said there were three reported sightings of someone who matched the description of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, including video from a surveillance camera at a Yreka Walmart store.

The sightings sparked a brief hope that the search for Kyron, who disappeared a week ago from his grade school, might be nearly over. The store video showed a boy who strongly resembled Kyron with an older couple.

But during a follow-up investigation, the boy and the couple in the store video was spotted by a Yreka police officer when they went back to the store to shop there again.

It was not Kyron - but even the officer thought the resemblance was strong, police said. The couple turned out to be the boy's grandparents.

Another possible sighting at a Yreka motel also turned out to be false. The sightings were reported after police in the small northern California city distributed flyers with Kyron's photo.

The latest developments came as Kyron's family issued an emotional appeal on Friday afternoon for people to contact police with any information about the missing boy.

The family also thanked the community for "the outpouring of love and support" they have received since Kyron vanished.

"It just shows how much impact a little boy's smile can have on a community," said Kyron's stepfather, Tony Young.

Meanwhile, searchers continued combing the area around Kyron's school - from the air and on the ground - for any sign of the missing boy.

"When they search through areas they’re looking for any kind of debris or clothing, or shoes, or shoeprints – something that would indicate that somebody’s been through there recently," said Mike Fulk a volunteer with Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.

He said the search conditions aren't ideal.

"Lots of hills and trees, valleys, gullies - lot of it's pretty overgrown."

Kyron disappeared June 4 after a science fair he attended with his stepmother, who said she last saw him as he walked down a hallway toward his second-grade classroom wearing a "CSI" T-shirt and dark cargo pants.

Authorities said the last confirmed sighting of Kyron was at about 9 a.m. that day, but they have refused to say who made that sighting.

The search began after the boy did not come home on the school bus and his stepmother called 911 at about 3:45 p.m. on June 4.