Saturday, May 30, 2015
Kyron Horman has been missing for five years.
In a few days, Kyron Horman will have been missing for five years. I’ve discussed this case exhaustively in the past. I won’t attempt to reiterate details of the case. Those of you reading this post are already familiar with the public facts, indications and suspicions; many of you know the case better than I do.
The Multnomah County Sheriff is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to “the resolution of his disappearance.” This is a ‘boiler-plate’ offer, which relies heavily on carefully phrased legalese. It is doubtful that it will bring significant results, especially after five years. The reward-offer implies, and would expect, considerable commitment from someone, including testifying in court, national exposure, etc. This type of reward offer, admittedly typical, does not generally sound enticing to the type of person, at this juncture, who might know Kyron’s whereabouts.
I would recommend a more straightforward reward, in conjunction with the above reward, something like: ‘$25,000 leading to the location of Kyron Horman, anonymity assured;’ with the required procedure to follow for obtaining the reward set forth. This could be a reward sponsored by the family and monitored by an entity independent of law enforcement – possibly an attorney.
What do we know about the case, five years after the fact?
The initial investigation was probably inept; conducted by a law enforcement agency with little experience in major crimes of this nature.
Law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office and the Multnomah County Prosecutor, have been unwilling to acknowledge suspects or define that a crime has been actually committed – any crime by anyone – in Kyron's disappearance.
One or more individuals (potential suspects or accessories) have refused to cooperate in the investigation, hiding behind attorneys and their Constitutional protections against ‘self-incrimination.’
The public school, from which Kyron disappeared, could or should have been faulted for its lack of appropriate monitoring of the children, and poor or inadequate security measures. But, apparently, said elementary school has been designated faultless by the authorities, the news-media and the public.