(first thread here, please let me know if I need to fix anything I tried to go off of other posts I see :blushing: ) http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/07/unusual_events_nature_of_disap.html Unusual events, nature of disappearance keep Kyron Horman saga in national spotlight -Lynne Terry, The Oregonian Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 9:05 PM Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 9:07 PM Thousands of children vanish every year. But there are many reasons the saga of this 7-year-old boy has fueled seemingly insatiable curiosity coast-to-coast. For months, Americans have faced a steady drumbeat of bad news that has been overwhelming and impersonal. Then comes the heart-tugging image of the innocent, bespectacled face with a gap-toothed grin. The fractured family dynamics and sensational twists in this story also have captivated the nation. But perhaps the biggest factor feeding interest in the Kyron story has to do with the nature of his disappearance. Although hundreds of thousands of children are reported missing every year, about 115 are cases in which a child is abducted by a stranger and killed, held for ransom or taken for another reason. Kyron's case, though still unsolved, falls in this category, said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. About a third of those 115 kids are taken off the street or from a vehicle. The rest are mostly snatched from their home, yard, park or wooded area or from a store. Only two -- fewer than 2 percent -- vanish from a school or day care. ---------- -bbm, so how is this both an isolated event with no threat to the area AND a stranger abduction? Would this hint at a change in their focus, a friend or accomplice to Terri that would technically be a stranger but not a danger to other children or just his opinion that is being reported?