Jul 31, 2010 at 6:41 PM PDT
Jul 31, 2010 at 6:58 PM PDT
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Kyron Horman story has dominated local news coverage for nearly two months now. However, there are many other missing children out there.
While the massive search for Kyron continues, a Portland woman is feeling the same type of pain – now wondering where her 2-year-old nephew could be.
A recent family of the 2-year-old boy who went missing a week ago from an Arizona campsite, courtesy of his family.
'We ask ourselves 'Why?'"
Like so many, at first Andrea Wagner couldn't believe the story surrounding Skyline School's missing second grade.
"With Kyron, when I heard the news about him I went home, I held my kids and I thanked God that that couldn't happen to me," said Wagner. "And that's not the case, you know; it could happen to anyone anywhere and it's just the most devastating thing you could ever imagine."
It's devastating because her 2-year-old nephew Sylar Newton has been missing for nearly a week.
"We ask ourselves 'Why?' all the time," she tells us, "and we just don't know."
Passing days take a toll
Sylar disappeared this past Sunday from his family's tent during a camping trip in Arizona. Since then, searchers have scoured the wilderness – trying to figure out where the toddler could be.
And the passing days are taking a toll.
"All they can do is cry," says Sylar's aunt. "... They have the same questions that everybody else has: 'Why?'"
Wagner's sister has custody and is adopting Sylar from a family friend. They have no idea who would want to snatch him, but are now hoping someone did.
That's because a kidnapping could increase his chances of still being alive – instead of wandering off to fend for himself. Arizona investigators aren't sure if someone took Sylar. They said he may have simply wandered off, or been carried off by a wild animal.
"My family will never give up on him," Wagner said. "We just can't look at the worst in it and I refuse to ... He's a 2-year-old precious boy. That's all we can do."
In Sylar's and Kyron's cases, and any missing child's case, authorities ask that you call 9-1-1 immediately if you know anything.
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