The Multnomah County
Board of Commissioners today approved an additional $196,034 to continue the seven-week-old investigation into the disappearance of Kyron Horman
District Attorney Mike Schrunk
said the money is needed to cover an additional prosecutor and other costs, but he's not sure how much longer the investigation into the missing 7-year-old will continue at the current pace.
"There comes a time when we're going to have to sit down and have those hard questions (of) when (this case) is not going to have to be the major devourer of resources," Schrunk said. "Life in Multnomah County is going to have to continue."
Commissioner Deborah Kafoury
asked Schrunk whether the Kyron investigation is unusual compared with investigations into other missing children. Schrunk said the public location at Skyline School and the possibility of foul play make the case more complex.
"We would like an early resolution, and
I think everyone in Portland would hope for an early resolution," Schrunk said. "But as the net widens and more leads come in, there are more leads to follow."
Sheriff Dan Staton
, meanwhile, canceled his request today for $242,609 in additional funds. Staton said he's able to return $900,000 to the county because of efficiencies in his office. Staton told the board he needs to hire an additional investigative technician, and he will report back in October on how much the investigation has cost.
Outside the county board room, Staton told reporters that Kyron's stepmom, Terri Moulton Horman, has cooperated and agreed to all requests so far from investigators. He declined to name any person of interest in the case, but he said an upcoming press release will answer many of the public's questions about the case.