Update (7/27/16 3 p.m.) — Desiree now says the gym and her ex-husband Kaine are working to clean up the wall but didn’t tell her and threw the items away.
The manager of the gym told KGW-TV in Portland that the wall had 2,000 worn stuffed animals among the other tattered items and they’re refreshing the area.
Desiree has released the following statement about the Wall of Hope being taken down:
“I have heard that the gym’s response is that they worked with Kaine to “clean up” some of the old tattered items on the Wall of Hope, the reality is that they disposed of ALL of the items, including all of the new things that were placed on the Wall in June for the 6 year marker. And no I still have received no response or apology from the gym, nor have I received any communication or apology from Kaine. They took all of our items and threw them away like they were trash.”
Beaverton, Ore. — Desiree Young, mother of missing child Kyron Horman, is speaking out after she says Kyron’s Wall of Hope has been taken down without anyone contacting her or her family.
Desiree says she is really upset that she didn’t get the opportunity to save items that have been up on the Wall of Hope since 2010. Read her full statement:
“It appears that Kyron’s Wall of Hope has been taken down without contacting me or our family. We were not given the opportunity to save the items that have been placed on his Wall since 2010. I am really upset by this and wonder what kind of a person could do something like that without consulting the family. I feel like the Wall of Hope represented hope for a community that really cares about Kyron and what happened, they all want to remember what this represents and keep it close. We held events there which also brought patrons, foot traffic, and ultimately new members to the gym. I feel like this action betrays the trust and contract that was originally signed by Kaine when the Wall of Hope was moved to that location. (Xtreme Edge Gym 16365 NW Twin Oaks Dr, Beaverton, OR 97006.)
I would like to know why this would happen? Why wouldn’t they contact us? Why would they take the items down and dispose of them? Who does this kind of thing?”
NBC5’s Nikki Torres is talking to Desiree and will have more details on this story Wednesday night at 5 and 6pm.