Sheriff asks for news footage from day Kyron vanished

Sheriff asks for news footage from day Kyron vanished »Play Video
This photo of Kyron Horman was taken the morning he vanished.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Investigators have asked journalists for footage of interviews with people who reported seeing a missing 7-year-old Portland boy after the time his stepmother says she left him at school.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office asked local and national news organizations on Thursday to send in copies of any video interviews with students, parents, school officials or community members who reported seeing Kyron Horman after 8:45 a.m. on June 4.

Multnomah County Sgt. Travis Gullberg says the sheriff's office won't issue subpoenas and says release of the material is voluntary.

The boy vanished after a science fair at Skyline Elementary School on June 4. His stepmother, Terri Horman, was the last person known to have seen him.

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KATU News Director Don Pratt responds:

“KATU recognizes the seriousness of the search for Kyron Horman, and the intense interest it has generated in our community. 

However, we are separate from the criminal investigation.  Our reporting is independent.  This request puts us in the position of volunteering to become part of the criminal investigation.  We can’t do that.
 
The usual way this works is that if someone wants copies of KATU material, they issue a subpoena.  That has not happened.  If the request comes through the usual way, and we receive a subpoena, we will evaluate it.  As a general matter, we can only provide copies of materials that have aired for broadcast.”