Kyron Horman Search Timeline

June 5th: Search near Cornelius Pass - Photo Slideshow HERE

Photo of searcher near Skyline with police helicopter in the background:

June 6th: Grid Search near School ~ Raining, Searching Nearby Property Oregonian Video

Also Parents and Students Interviewed at School all Day ~ FBI involved ~ Quantico Profiler ~ Also Regional Child Abduction Team

Police Spokesperson: "All day you'll see activity at the school, children coming in with their parents to be interviewed. Simultaneously we are doing a search - it's a grid search. . . . "It could be up to 300 (interviews) because the school does have 300 students. And with family added it could be a really large number of people here all day."

FBI Spokesperson: "The FBI is here in an assistance role. . . . We can sometimes bring people in large numbers which we have been doing since Friday night. We have our Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team (the CARD team) and that is a standard procedure in a missing child case. . . . That is a regional team and we're lucky enough to have three members of that team here in Oregon but we've flown in other members of that team from other parts of the country including a Profiler from Quanitco who is now working with the investigators to come up with some ideas in order to get the most complete picture possible of Kyron - what did he like, what did he not like, would he have left on his own, was he adventursome or was he more shy.

Search Spokesperson: "What they're doing (in the grid search) is basically arm's length. If there are places where they need to get underneath brush where a child might crawl, they'll search everything."

June 7th: From Diana Olsen, coordinator of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue operation:

Olsen said searchers on Sunday were not able to complete the 2-mile area from Skyline to Kyron’s home and hope to do that today.

She said searchers today will focus on an area known as wood mill by Cornelius Pass and Northwest Sheltered Nook Road.

“Yesterday they were in the thick blackberries,” Olsen said. “They spent seven hours in there and only did a third of it.”

. . . She said in addition to those areas, searchers also have responded to requests from Kyron’s father, Kaine, about areas where the boy may be, including a horse pasture in Banks, which was searched Sunday.

Olsen said ground search efforts will be reassessed later today after the FBI looks at a map of the region.
June 8th: Fliers handed out at the intersection of Cornelius Pass and U.S. 30

Searchers are looking at "more specific areas" around the school, Gates said, but wouldn't elaborate. Investigators also have interviewed 99 percent of the students and talked with most of the school's staff and parents, he said. At this point, police don't believe they need to spread the search nationwide.
June 9th: Search Widens:

So far, Gates said, searchers have combed a half-mile radius around the school, where Kyron is a second-grader and disappeared after he arrived early to go to a science fair. They've also looked at specific locations that Gates declined to identify.

He urged people living within four miles of the school, 11536 N.W. Skyline Blvd., to check their property after Kyron's family released a statement, imploring people to look for any signs of the boy.

"Please search your properties -- cars, out buildings, sheds, etc.," they said. "Also check with neighbors and friends who may be on vacation or may need assistance in searching. There are a lot of resources here to help you search, so please don't stop."
June 10th: More Volunteers Come out to Search

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...crews from Jackson, Tillamook, Klamath, Clackamas and Washington counties and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue could be seen setting up a base camp at about 7:30 a.m. today on Northwest Quarry Road, less than one mile southeast of the school.

By midmorning, more than a dozen searchers clad in bright orange and yellow hats had descended upon the area surrounding the Horman home a few miles from the school. They searched the thick brush and trees along the main road leading to the house as well as the family's property.

Several canine unit vehicles were also seen heading to the area. Wednesday, Multnomah County officials said horseback units, as well as aircraft, would also be used in today's search.
The sheriff's office said searchers have covered "every piece of ground" within a 2 1/2-mile radius around Skyline School but the plan is to go back over the area with even more care.

While the school is near Portland, it's is surrounded by hilly terrain, much of it covered by tall grass alternating with pockets of forests.
Crews from 18 Oregon Counties Join Search

As much as it's been about basic boots on the ground -- and in the saddle on horseback -- the search also has employed the latest technology. Search groups are using satellite tracking devices so the communication coordinators know exactly where they have searched or re-searched on the grid.

In grid searches, people walk side by side to look for small clues, said Steve Rollins, rescue leader and past president of Portland Mountain Rescue, which joined the search Thursday.

Canine units, including tracking dogs trained to search for one particular person, have worked every day looking for Kyron, officials said.

Air scent dogs also have been deployed, said Russ Gubele, president of Mountain Wave, an emergency communications and search and rescue group based in Gresham. They're trained to find a human being -- anyone -- in a particular site.

Searchers also have access to cadaver dogs, but Gubele wouldn't say whether any have checked the fields or the school. He also wouldn't say whether dogs have searched the school, but Gates said search teams have checked Skyline extensively several times.
June 11th: Search Expands to Sauvie Island

(Same day as family press conference in which Terri Horman appeared to have strange body language while on stage with Desiree and Kaine)

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Earlier today, riders on horseback began searching Sauvie Island and a Blackhawk helicopter from the Oregon National Guard could also be seen above the island. By 10:30 a.m., the helicopter had made at least two passes, along a north-south line as the mounted riders began to head north along Sauvie Island Road.

Sauvie Island resident Mary Douglas said she saw the helicopter flying over the island on Thursday, but today was the first time she saw anyone searching the ground.

A crew on horseback asked to check her property this morning and went over her orchard by Multnomah Channel, Douglas said.
June 12th: Search Continues

A National Guard helicopter flew low over the slough dividing Sauvie Island and the mainland today, hovering about 100 feet off the ground, headed slowly back and forth.

Search teams combed the steep grassy hillside along US 30 and the rail line beside it.
Though investigators have declined to provide much detail about the search parameters, a small crew on horseback went house to house on Sauvie Island Friday and appeared to be back today., a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was seen circling overheard for the third day in a row.

...Jeannine Kafoury, a Sauvie Island houseboat resident, has been watching the searchers today and wondering what brought them to the pastoral island.

“There had to be a tip for them to be here, don’t you think?” she said. She was putting a powerboat into the Multnomah Channel where a helicopter has been making slow passes overhead. “I can’t think they are doing this randomly.”
Search and rescue team members from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office searched railroad tracks along highway 30 between Cornelius Pass and Sauvie Island on June 12, 2010. Andrew Burton/The Oregonian
June 15th: Last day of school at Skyline Elementary

Searchers out on horseback and in the water on Sauvie:
Source: KGN (with video)

Fourth Day of Search on Sauvie Island

Meanwhile, on the 11th day of the search for Kyron, investigators intensified their search in the area of Sauvie Island.From KGW's Sky 8 helicopter, searchers in wetsuits were seen moving through waist-high water while someone on shore provided directions.

A dive team searched swamps and ponds around the rural NW Portland area, and crews also searched around the Multnomah Channel. Investigators would not say what led them to this area, but it was the fourth consecutive day that crews scoured Sauvie Island.
June 18: Flier Released of Terri Horman and White Truck

Gates said Terri Horman and the rest of Kyron's family have cooperated with the investigation. The family said in a statement that it supports release of the flier in hopes that the additional photos of Terri Horman and the family's pick-up truck will spark more tips for the two-week-old investigation.

"We want Kyron home and we hope this will help do that," the family said.

Gates said he could not discuss any suspects or persons of interest in the case. He also said that while Kyron could have been abducted by a stranger, Gates does not think there is a need for alarm in the community.
August 8th: Searchers Return

Multnomah County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Mary Lindstrand said she believed search teams have wrapped up for the night after combing areas near Skyline School this weekend, more than two months after 7-year-old Kyron Horman first went missing.

There are no plans as of yet to continue the search tomorrow morning, Lindstrand said, but teams could return to specific areas if additional tips surface.
August 9th: Old Germantown Road Search

Searchers and investigators resumed their ground search for Kyron Horman over the weekend, this time focusing on the 2.2 mile Old Germantown Road loop - not far from the home where DeDe Spicher, one of Terri Moulton Horman's friends - was gardening the day Kyron went missing.

Searchers were looking more deeply through the area, while investigators were canvassing and questioning residents along the stretch to see if they recalled seeing a white truck or anything unusual on June 4, the day Kyron disappeared.
Jeff Clemes, also a resident along Old Germantown Road, estimated there were about 30 searchers, including some with dogs, this weekend, combing through the remote wooded neighborhood. He was also asked if he had seen Spicher or Kyron's stepmom on June 4.

"They asked if I had seen those people or seen that truck in this area?" Clemes said.

Searchers and canvassers are expected back during the week.
Jeff Clemes, also a resident along Old Germantown Road, estimated there were about 30 searchers, including some with dogs, this weekend, combing through the remote wooded neighborhood. He was also asked if he had seen Spicher or Kyron's stepmom on June 4.

"They asked if I had seen those people or seen that truck in this area?" Clemes said.

Searchers and canvassers are expected back during the week.
August 11th: Press conference about white truck in front of School.

"The question is, 'Who else is in the truck still? Gee, we know the truck was here. Did anyone see somebody in the truck?" Van Zandt said.

Authorities urged the public to recall whether they saw the Horman truck from about 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on either Northwest Springville Road, on Skyline Boulevard between Springville and Newberry Road, or along Old Germantown or Germantown Road. If so, they're asked to call investigators.

In addition, the investigative team wants anyone who parked in the school's south parking lot, between the school's south entrance and Northwest Skyline Boulevard, before 8:45 a.m. to provide their name, license plate number, make, model, year and color of their vehicle.

While O'Donnell acknowledged that investigators worked to identify everyone who was at the school the morning of June 4 after Kyron went missing, he said that as the inquiry continued detectives developed leads that have them looking at information "through a different lens."
October 2nd-3rd: Crews Return to Sauvie Island

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A total of 113 search personnel from numerous Washington and Oregon agencies, and including ground crews and searchers using horses and all-terrain vehicles combed the fields and densely forested areas of Sauvie Island on Sunday. The effort was scaled back from Saturday’s search, which included 160 searchers.

. . . A crew of six from the Washington-based Silver Star and Wind River search and rescue teams, two private organizations, suited up in yellow clothes and helmets before beginning to search their assigned area.

. . . Soon after, the group split in half and headed in different directions. One group of three spread on a field near the intersection of N.W. Reeder Rd. and Rentenaar Rd. and walked with eyes aimed at the ground. One of them, like many ground searchers on the island, carried a long stick-like instrument used to search through bushes and brush.

"They’re searching through vegetation so they’re taking implements with them to get through those areas," Lindstrand said. "Some of it is fields, some of it is briar bushes and blackberry bushes, that’s why they have horses and ATVs also."
October 9th: 100 personnel search Sauvie for second weekend in a row:

Saturday's team includes about 60 ground searchers, said Lt. Mary Lindstrand, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. The rest are on ATVs, horses, with canine units or support groups, she said.
October 10th: 60 personnel search Sauvie for second day

Today's search was scaled back slightly from Saturday's effort which included 100 searchers. Leading the search this weekend are Sgt. Travis Gullberg and Deputy Mark Herron. The county's regular search and rescue coordinator, Sgt. Diana Olsen, was injured in a traffic accident earlier this week.
November 14th-15th: Dive Teams Return to Sauvie Island

“It’s part of the ongoing investigation,” said Lt. Mary Lindstrand of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. “It’s not based on new information. They are just following up on leads.”
November 13th-14th: Dive Teams Continue Search on Sauvie

A spokesperson for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says about 50 people are part of the search, including paid workers and volunteers.

Multnomah County Sheriff Public Information Officer Mary Lindstrand tells us the search is only in the water. Inch by inch, foot by foot, in 50-degree water only a few feet deep, dive teams combed Sauvie Island's canals, ponds and lakes – looking for any trace of Kyron Horman.

. . . "Water temperature is fine – depths are shallow – but the visibility's tough," said volunteer diver Jason Cottle from Skamania County.
From Google maps you can see Sauvie Island, northwest of downtown Portland, stretched out between the Columbia River and the Multnomah Channel. The north end of the island is mostly water, with huge shallow lakes criss-crossed by drainage canals. All of these waterways make up the 12,000-acre Sauvie Island wildlife area.

This is just one more step in a massive process of elimination.

"Hopefully, when we get this done, they'll know areas where we know we don't have to go back," Lindstrand told us. "But again, we may not finish with what we need to do because, as you know, this island is just covered with water."

Officials told KGW that the operation had been planned for several weeks but that they had had to wait for resources to become available from other agencies.

Searchers used sophisticated sonar mapping equpment over the weekend. Why sonar?

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Mary Lindstrand chose words carefully.

"They're looking for items, I can't give the specifics and have to be careful in what I say here," she said. "They are using the sonar to see if there's something they need to check."

Divers went into the water if the sonar picked up a signal worthy of investigation.

"The visibility in the canal is at best three feet today," Cottle said. "And as soon as you make a pass, your next next pass is silted up and even worse."
December 4, 2010

As the criminal investigation proceeds, so does a search-and-rescue operation. Its braincenter is located in a small room down the hall from the "War Room." Marked-up maps of the West Hills and Sauvie Island cover a conference table; maps of Sauvie Island are taped to the walls, a map plotting cell phone towers around the school and Sauvie Island is affixed to an easel, and maps from the earliest searches for the missing boy are inventoried in cylindrical bins.

Searchers from three states, including planes, search dogs, all-terrain vehicles, horse and walking teams, have combed heavily-wooded ravines, thick grass fields and hilly rough terrain around Skyline School, the Horman home and Sauvie Island, the largest river island in the country. In recent months, searches at the island resulted from cell phone tower pings analyzed, viable leads or statistical probabilities from studies of other missing child cases, officials said.
January 30, 2011: Searchers Return

Between 40 to 50 search-and-rescue workers, along with up to seven cadaver-detecting dogs, will be combing the dense forested area around turnouts, trailheads, and gated logging roads along a stretch of Northwest Skyline Road, south of Rocky Point Road and a gravel road further north in the Dixie Mountain area.

The private timber land crosses into unincorporated areas of Multnomah, Washington and Columbia counties, and reaches elevations of between 1,000 and 1,500 feet.
Feb. 24, 2011: FBI to Dedicate up to Six FBI agents to Kyron's Case:

March 26-27, 2011: Search near North Plains:

A crew of volunteers from local sheriff's offices and independent search and rescue groups scoured the area at Northwest Skyline Boulevard and Northwest Moreland Road. The group began their search at 7 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.

...Members of the search crew included those from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue and Search One K9 Detection.