PORTLAND -- Tuesday was the last day of school for the year at Portland's Skyline Elementary, but the disappearance of 2nd-grader Kyron Horman was casting a shadow on what normally would have been a day to celebrate.
Hoping to spark someone's memory and get new tips in the case, police shared a replica of the glasses Kyron was wearing on the day he disappeared.
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 days that crews scoured Sauvie Island.
Earlier Monday, the lead officer in the investigation into Kyron Horman s disappearance vowed to stay on the case until it s solved, despite scaling back search operations.
This will not become a cold case for us, Capt. Jason Gates promised during the Monday morning press conference.
On Sunday, authorities announced that the search and rescue operation had officially transformed into a criminal investigation after 10 days of searching with no sign of Kyron.
The crews have done an exceptional job searching difficult terrain over the past 10 days, said Captain Monte Reiser. We are confident the areas that needed to be searched have been and now most crews will be going home. Some local search and rescue crews will continue looking for Kyron in a much smaller operation.
On Monday, Capt. Gates was quick to assure that the transformation did not mean they were giving up.
We are still moving forward, he said. We will continue to investigate this case until we have it solved.
Meantime, members of the community planned a candlelight vigilto pray for Kyron on Tuesday night at the Sunset Presbyterian Church on NWCornell Road in Portland.
$25,000 reward offered
Over the weekend, an emotional Sheriff Dan Staton announced a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to the location of Kyron.
The investigation is going in many directions and the criminal investigation is a natural progression, said Staton.
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On Saturday, investigators asked anyone with photos or videos created on June 3 or June 4 of roads around Skyline school to provide them to police. Video of specific locations was being sought.
Family talks about Kyron
The family of Kyron Horman answered personal questions about the 7-year-old via Multnomah County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Shults during a Saturday media briefing and also explained some of their outings in the last week - to stores and a health club.
Shults said that the family was extremely stressed by their Friday appearance, but understood that the public might have wanted to learn more about Kyron. To that end, they answered a set of prepared questions and described the boy's bubbly personality.
Capt. Shults also said two companies volunteered to help them print the T-shirts they wore that reproduced the missing flier. Several of the T-shirts were provided to the media. He offered no other details on the shirts.
The morning he disappeared, Kyron was in good spirits, excited about the tree frog diorama he had created for the science fair, Shults said.
On the search end, efforts continue to find Kyron alive, said Sgt. Diana Olsen of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
We know where he's not, so we feel we're getting closer to where he is, she said. She declined to say why searchers were on Sauvie Island, a considerable distance from Skyline School.
Cash donations to defray search expenses were still welcome at any Bank of America Branch under the Kyron Horman Fund. Searchers no longer need food donations and the sheriff's office asked people to stop giving for now.