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Investigators 'hope' that the missing boy is still alive

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received 3,300 tips in the search for 7-year-old Kyron Horman and continues to follow those leads every day, Sheriff Dan Staton said Friday in an e-mailed response to questions submitted by reporters.

Few of Staton's responses revealed anything new about the seven-week investigation into the boy's disappearance. He cited the ongoing criminal investigation for keeping much of the information confidential.

Staton did say that investigators have not spoken with Terri Horman, Kyron's stepmom, since she retained legal counsel in the case on June 30, however. She retained high-profile defense attorney Stephen Houze although she has not been named as a suspect or person of interest.

Since leaving the family home on Northwest Sheltered Nook Road after her estranged husband, Kaine Horman, sought a restraining order against her, Terri Horman moved to her parents' home in Roseburg, about three hours drive from Portland.

"Terri's moving to Roseburg has not affected our investigation, nor has it hindered our ability to contact her," Staton told reporters.

And, contrary to statements by Kaine Horman and Desiree Young, Kyron's parents, Staton said Terri Horman had cooperated with the investigation at times.

"Terri Horman has been cooperative and there have been other times she has not," Staton told reporters. "We cannot speak to specifics regarding this issue."

As to whether anyone had been ruled out in Kyron's disappearance, Staton responded, "A number of people have been ruled out; we are unable to discuss the specifics of these individuals."

Tips are still coming in about Kyron Horman's whereabouts, Staton said, from across the country and world.

As tips come in, "Searches occur when necessary," he said. "We are responding to tips on a daily basis. If that tip warrants a physical search of an area, that is handled accordingly."

Kaine Horman and Kyron's mother, Desiree Young, said they've been fully briefed by law enforcement and are confident Kyron is alive.

Said Staton: "We are continuing to hope Kyron is alive, and will proceed under that premise."

Kyron went missing June 4 from Skyline School in rural Northwest Multnomah County. He was last seen by Terri Horman that morning.

The Kyron tip line is 503-261-2847. If someone believes they have seen Kyron, they should call 9-1-1.

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