PORTLAND -- The search for missing 7-year-old Portland boy is focused locally, not nationally, Capt. Jason Gates told the media at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
He also continued to call it a missing, endangered case and said investigators were not yet prepared to call it a criminal investigation. Capt. Gates said there was no set ending for the search effort, but that a statement would be released by the family Wednesday.
Gates saidon Tuesday search crews are focusing on specific locations based on phone tips from the public, but overallofficials had nothing significant to report on the search. Multnomah County sheriff's deputies and volunteers have been searching the densely wooded area near the pastoral school since Kyron disappeared Friday.
Gates said interviewswith students, employees and parents atSkyline Elementary School,where Kyron was last seen, were about 90 percent complete.
Gates saidpolice continue to receive tips through their tip line and urged the public to continuesharing any information they have.
We still need more, said Gates. Even if you have even seemingly insignificant information, we want that information. It's the lead that will lead us to finding Kyron and bringing him home.
Gates said authorities have received information from across Oregon and Washington state, with most of the tips coming fromwithin Oregon.
Anyone with information on Kyron's whereabouts is urged to call police at(503) 261-2847. More information on the search for Kyron has also been posted on the FBI's website.
Relatives ofKyronurged those working to find him to carry on the search with optimism. Twenty-two state, local and federal agencies have been following up on more than 1,200 tips in the search.
While an official statement from Kyron's immediate family has yet to be released, Kelly Ramirez, the sister of the boy's mother, issued a statement Monday evening thanking everyone who has worked tirelessly on Kyron's behalf and asked people to print and distribute fliers with the boy's photo.
Above all do not give up hope, as we certainly never will, she said. He is out there and we are going to find him and bring him home safe where he belongs.
Sheriff's deputies and FBI agents posted about 40 yards from the school stopped approaching cars Monday morning and asked passengers whether they were at the school Friday.
Searchers spent Monday continuing to comb through woods and brush around the school, located in hilly countryside west of downtown Portland.
Kyron was last seen about 9 a.m. Friday, shortly after the boy and his stepmother attended a science fair at the school. She last saw him walking down a hallway toward his second-grade classroom, wearing a CSI T-shirt and dark cargo pants.
A search began after classes let out and Kyron didn't come home on the bus. His stepmother called 911 about 3:45 p.m., and sheriff's deputies and K-9 units began a search of the school and the two-mile route to his home.
Authorities have not yet determined whether Kyron was kidnapped or just wandered off, but they're describing him as a missing endangered child.
Visitors to the school are assigned badges, but Portland Public School District spokesman Matt Shelby said it would have been difficult to assign a badge to each visitor among the friends and family members who attended the science fair Friday morning.
Authorities were reviewing photos and videos taken at the fair. The last photo of Kyron shows him smiling in front of his project on the red-eyed tree frog.
It was unclear whether Kyron was in class Friday or when anyone noticed he was missing because police have been reluctant to disclose public details of the search.
Anyone who has seen Kyron orhas any information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at(503) 261-2847.