WHERE IS KYRON? 10 Years Later Step Mother Remains Main Focus of Missing Oregon Boy’s Disappearance

PORTLAND — Ten years after a Portland, Oregon boy disappeared from his elementary school, police officials say they are no closer to determining what happened to 7-year-old Kyron Horman.

The boy’s step-mother, Terri Horman- Vazquez, claims she last saw the boy at Skyline Elementary School after helping him set up a science fair exhibit before school. She has since remained a central focus in the missing boy’s disappearance.

Horman-Vasquez told police she left Kyron at the school after watching him walk toward his classroom, assuming she would pick him up at the bus stop later that day. However, when she and the boy’s father Kaine Horman went to the bus stop to pick Kyron up, Horman-Vasquez said they were told that Kyron never got on the bus. When the pair went to the school to retrieve the boy, it was revealed that Kyron had been marked absent that day. However, according to the boy’s teacher, Horman Vasquez had told her a few days prior to the boy’s disappearance that Kyron had a doctor’s appointment that day and would not be attending.

After denying anything to do with the boy’s disappearance, police officials were informed that Horman-Vazquez had attempted to hire a hit man to kill the boy’s father in the weeks leading up to the child going missing. Although no charges were filed in that matter, upon being notified of the attempt by police Kaine Horman moved out of the home he shared with his wife and successfully won custody of the pair’s young daughter.

Horman-Vasquez later took and reportedly failed two lie detector tests arranged by police relating to the boy’s disappearance and allegedly walked out of a third, claiming the failed tests were the result of a “hearing problem.”

“I went through the polygraph. They ask you if you can hear them; they do everything but roll out a red carpet so that you’re comfortable,” the boy’s biological mother, Desiree Young said of Terri’s claims. “She heard just fine. So I don’t believe it at all.”

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office released a video Thursday discussing the ongoing search for Kyron.

“As parents, we can’t imagine the pain and struggle Kyron’s family has experienced and continues to experience without him,” District Attorney Rod Underhill said.

Terri Horman-Vasquez has since left Oregon to start a “new life” in California and has recently remarried. She has yet to be charged in the boy’s disappearance, but police say the investigation into Kyron’s case is still active.

Anyone who knows of Kyron Horman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (503) 988-0560 or the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

WHERE IS LUCAS? FBI joins search for missing 5-year-old boy

WICHITA, Kan. — The FBI has teamed up with local law enforcement officials to search for missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

Hernandez reportedly disappeared from his home on Saturday. The boy’s step-mother says she last saw him playing in his room at around 3:00 pm before lying down in her room to take a nap. She claims when she awoke at around 6:15, the boy was gone.

“He’s a bright little boy. He loves school. He loves his dad, his stepmom and his siblings. We just want him home safe, and if you have any information, anything about Lucas, please bring him home safely,” a relative of the boy told KSN (https://tinyurl.com/y9s53cak).

Police say there is no evidence to suggest that Lucas was abducted, so no Amber Alert has been issued.

Officer Charley Davidson of the Wichita Police Department said information sent to them through a tip line led investigators to search a nearby park, but there was no sign of the boy.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families, who had previously visited the family’s home last spring after a report that the child may be in danger (https://tinyurl.com/y8ukeog7) released the following statement in regard to the child’s disappearance:

“We share the public’s concern regarding Lucas Hernandez. In the event the agency has information, we will share it with law enforcement, assisting them as requested. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is legally prohibited from publicly discussing its possible history with this family. We urge anyone with any information on this child’s whereabouts to contact law enforcement right away.”

Lucas’s biological mother, who lost custody of the boy when he was just 6 months old, spoke to the media in a plea to find her son.

“Find my son. He’s terrified of water so the fact that the search has moved to a park that’s surrounded by water, terrifies me. Lucas is a sweet boy; please find my son.”

The boy’s father is also calling for the public’s help in finding Lucas.

“Lucas is the sweetest, kindest, smartest most gentle little boy,” his father told KSN. “He loves school, fishing, riding his bicycle and playing with his siblings. It makes me so proud to say I’m his father and that we love him very much. He’s a wonderful, helpful big brother. He’s never been the type to run off without asking permission to do so first. He’s must be terrified being away from his family with no way of finding us. Please, if anyone in the public has information on the whereabouts of Lucas, please contact the proper authorities. We are pleading for his safe and prompt return home! We will not stop searching for him until he is found! I’d like to thank law enforcement, the public, prayer groups, friends, family, and anyone keeping an extra diligent eye out for my son, Lucas. We are all hoping and praying. We love you Bubba”

Local police in conjunction with state FBI officials have set up a command center dedicated to locating the boy.

“We are going to be there as long as it takes,” Officer Davidson said. “Right now, our concern is to find Lucas.”

Lucas has brown hair and brown eyes, weighs approximately 60 pounds and stands four feet tall. He was last known to be wearing black sweats, white socks and a gray shirt with a bear on it.

No arrests have been made in connection with the boy’s disappearance and thus far no one has been officially named a suspect.

Anyone with details regarding the boy’s disappearance or with information on Lucas’s whereabouts is urged to call the Wichita Police Department at (316) 383-4661 or dial 911.

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DAD SPEAKS OUT: Father of missing North Carolina girl questions Mom’s story surrounding child’s disappearance

JACKSONVILLE, NC — The father of missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods has spoken out for the first time since his daughter’s disappearance, casting doubts on the story being told by the girl’s mother.

In an interview with ABC affiliate WCTI (http://www.wcti12.com/news/local-news/onslow/father-of-missing-3-year-old-girl-speaks-out/663378551), the girl’s biological father, Alex Woods, said he doesn’t believe his daughter was abducted.

“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” Alex Woods said. “Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”

Woods, who acknowledged that he has not seen his child in more than a year, says he has been kept away from his daughter by the child’s mother, who reported the toddler missing early Monday morning.

“Please, bring her back … She’s my baby, she’s my everything,” Kristy Woods said during a press conference on Monday. “Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I’d give anything. I’ll do anything that I can, whatever you want, just bring her home please safe and sound.”

The child was reported missing from her family’s home after Kristy Woods said she woke at around 6am and discovered the little girl was gone. Woods says she last saw her daughter at around 11pm Sunday night when she went into the child’s room to check on her. She claims her boyfriend saw the child again around one hour later when the child awoke and he told her to go back to bed.

According to the family, there was no sign of forced entry into the home, but the back door to the family’s trailer was found to be unlocked.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller has confirmed that FBI agents have been brought in to help in the search for the girl, who walks with a limp due to an orthopedic leg problem.

“That includes the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team or CARD team. FBI CARD Team members are highly trained and experienced experts on missing children cases,” says Shelley Lynch, spokesperson for the FBI’s Charlotte office.

Alex Woods says the last time he saw his daughter was when he held temporary custody of the girl while Child Protective Services conducted an investigation into allegations surrounding the child’s mother.

Calls for statement from the North Carolina Department of Human Services resulted in a “no comment” when asked for details on their previous findings.

Mariah is described as a white female standing about 2′ 9″ tall and weighing around 30 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911 or their local law enforcement agency.

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