MEDFORD, Ore. — Kyron Horman’s mom says she is supporting local law enforcement as they create a child abduction task force. That team will bring together local and state agencies to better respond to emergencies involving a missing child.
Desiree Young spoke Monday at the first meeting of the local Child Abduction Response Team, or CART. In 2010, her then-7-year-old son Kyron disappeared from his school in Portland. Despite a massive, state-wide search effort, Kyron still has not been found, and no arrests have been made.
Young, who is married to a Medford Police Detective, said she wanted to share her story with the task force to help inspire them to protect local children from a similar tragedy. She said many local law enforcement officers met or knew Kyron.
“When you’re touched by a story like this, and when you connect with a person, and when you’ve met the child that went missing, I think you become a little more passionate about the cause,” she said.
The CART team would combine resources in order to respond quickly during a child abduction. Police say the first few hours during an AMBER Alert are the most important.
Young also hoped to share her experiences with Multnomah County authorities during the search for Kyron. She said law enforcement there stressed the need to share resources and information, and to work with the media to spread the word about the disappearance. Young said similar emphasis could be made by local law enforcement during child abductions.
“They have made this their mission. To be prepared here in Southern Oregon” Young said. “It’s like a wakeup call.”
People with information on Kyron’s disappearance are still asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503-261-2847.