The distraught mom of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman spoke directly to him at a press conference:
"We love you Kyron. Never give up hope. We are all coming to get you, to bring you home."
Desiree Young also told People magazine that she is convinced Kyron has been "stashed" away and that his step-mom, former bodybuilder Terri Horman, knows where he is.
"We are still very hopeful that with additional tips each day and their diligent actions that is what will lead them to Kyron," Young said.
An anonymous donor has also come forward to raise the reward to $50,000.
Significantly, during the dramatic police news conference, authorities did not say they still believe he is alive.
Bruce McCain is the former Captain of Multnomah County Sheriff's Department. McCain said, "They never once referred to him as being alive. In the past they've talked about bringing him home alive, we want to find him and bring him home alive. They could not bring themselves to use that word."
There was more drama when investigators refused to take questions on the stalled search.
One reporter said, "So we have no questions? No opportunity to ask any questions?"
"No," an investigator replied.
"Why was the news conference called? We got nothing but history," another reporter fired back.
Kyron's mom told the Oregonian newspaper that several brief e-mails she received from step-mom Terri Horman the day Kyron disappeared now seem suspicious:
"She was very short and to the point which is very unusual for her. Normally it's a wordy e-mail."
Terri Horman has not been charged or named a suspect but is also under investigation for allegedly plotting the murder of Kyron's father.
"A lot of folks have been looking for an imminent arrest. I'm not prepared to say that but I think inevitably there will be indictments coming down," McCain said.