After news reports
began to question their silence, family members of Kyron Horman
spoke out today at a news conference one week after the 7-year-old boy was reported missing from his elementary school.
"Kyron, we miss you. We love you and we need you home right now," said Tony Young
, the boy's stepfather. "We're doing everything we can to work with law enforcement and the search-and-rescue crews to make sure you can get back to us as soon as possible."
Present at the news conference — from left to right in the photo — were Desiree Young (Kyron's biological mother), Terri Horman (the boy's stepmother), Kaine Horman (his biological father) and stepfather Tony Young.
Both Tony Young and Kaine Horman read brief statements as Desiree Young sobbed uncontrollably in the background. Her husband and Terri Horman tried to comfort her. The family did not take questions.
"We want to thank the community, the parents, the children, the bus drivers and all of those who are being interviewed," Kaine Horman said. "We as the family know how difficult and stressful this is, but your memories and statements can help us find Kyron."
Authorities say Kyron disappeared from Skyline Elementary School on the morning of June 4. The search for the boy now includes rescue teams from around the state.
The family faced a gantlet of media — the news conference at Brooks Hill Historic Church, across the street from the rural school, was packed with more than 40 reporters and cameramen. Here was the scene inside and outside the church: