Happy Birthday to my little brother. Today, Kyle would have turned 33, which I know he would have made an epic year! The number 33 was one of his "lucky/special" numbers from playing baseball when he was younger and there's no way he would've just sat by this year without making big things happen. I can't help but wonder if this would have been the year he got married, bought a house, or gone on some crazy adventure around the world.
It would be easy to write a sad post tod...ay because my heart aches daily, but I would love to remember Kyle and his 29 great years on this Earth instead. I would rather day dream about all the great things Kyle would have been doing if he were still here. I would rather remember all the happy memories we shared and focus on the immense love I carry for my brother.
On 1/19, I feel especially connected to my brother because everyday I look at the clock at exactly 1:19 am/pm (if I'm awake). It's such a strange phenomena, but happens nonetheless. I feel that Kyle is letting me know everyday that he's still around and he's using numbers/time to speak to me since we're both number/math junkies. Regardless, I think of him and send him messages of love at 1:19.
Today, cheers to you little brother. Our family will be celebrating Kyle with a family birthday dinner and going through old photos/family videos. The sound of my brother's voice on old videos will be the remedy my soul needs today.
Hug your loved ones and make lasting memories everyone; you never know what day could be your last.
Kyle Craig Peterson: January 19th, 1985 - February 24th, 2014
We lost Kyle for reasons we will never understand and still struggle to accept. A year later, the heartache is a daily reminder of the deep love we shared for Kyle; not a day goes by that he is not thought of by those who love him. We remember Kyle as being loving, sensitive, loyal, smart, kind, snarky, healthy and prepared. He was one of a kind and we continue to miss him dearly. His life on earth was short, but... he has left a footprint in our hearts forever.
Throughout this past year, Kyle has taught our family that life is unpredictable. Do not take this life for granted, live each day to the fullest and tell the people you care about that you love them often. Our eyes have been opened to the beauty that surrounds us and we have learned to cherish the little things. Each day, we have to wake up and make a choice to live life otherwise the grief and sadness will consume us.
Our family would like to extend a huge heart felt thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year; we could not have done it without you.
Lastly, we have found that keeping Kyle's memory alive through stories, conversations, and pictures is what brings us happiness. Please use this page to share stories and pictures, it always brings a smile to our face.
Many blessings from our family to yours
This past Monday, January 19th, was Kyle's 30th birthday. Over the weekend, family and friends gathered to celebrate the kind, loyal, smart, and funny man they knew. While his presence was greatly missed, there was no denying the amount of love for the extraordinary man they lost. Our family would like to thank all those who continue to keep Kyle's memory alive, you mean more to us than you will ever know. And as Kyle once said, "Don't be sad. Tis the cycle of life. Instead remember the good times." We will always remember you Kyle. Happy birthday!
Merry Christmas, Kyle. While the holidays have proven to be very bittersweet, we felt your presence and love surrounding us today. We laughed and cried sharing memories of you. You will always be with us. We love you!
It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone that Kyle's body was recovered from the Sandy River this afternoon at 4:45pm. Our family is in utter shock and heart broken that we have lost a son, a brother, an uncle, and friend. Kyle was a wonderful person whose life was cut tragically short. We love you Kyle.
Today marks 4 months since Kyle disappeared. We are still missing a son, a brother, an uncle, and a friend. We still can't believe it has been 4 months and nothing, not one clue to lead us to Kyle.
Our family continues to search the area around Kyle's crash site and have expanded the parameter to areas once thought "too far." We will continue to search the Sandy River in July/August when the weather warms up and the water is warmer for divers.
Kyle is out there somewhere! ...We would like to ask that you keep sharing Kyle's story, hand out his missing posters, keep your eyes open if hiking in the area of his crash or splashing around at the Sandy River.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support, prayers, and kind words.
The search for Kyle Peterson on 5/17/14 yielded no results in locating him. Although we did not find Kyle, the search has allowed our family to feel confident in eliminating the cliff side area around his crash site as a place of interest.
Our family would like to thank the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for organizing the search efforts and the multiple volunteer groups that assisted in the search: Pacific Northwest (PNW) Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR),... and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.
Kyle's story was featured on KOIN 6 last night and we want to continue to share his story. Thank you to everyone for their kind words and continued support.
EDIT: Just in-the MCSO has moved the search to Saturday 5/17/14 due to a low number of searchers available on Friday.
At the request of our family, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has agreed to do a more comprehensive search of the crash site area Saturday, 5/17/14.
They will be conducting a more thorough search with the assistance of Portland Mountain Rescue to do high angle rappelling, bringing out HRD (Human Remains Detection) units, and using Mountain Wave Emerg...ency Communications.
Please keep our family in your prayers while we continue to search for answers to bring Kyle home.
Our family would like to thank everyone who came out yesterday to help with the river search. We were able to search the areas of the Columbia we had wanted and the missing person flyers were put up all along the river. At this point, we have no other planned searches of the river and will continue to think of other avenues to extend our search efforts. As the weather warms up in the coming months and you're outside more, we ask that you please keep your eye out for Kyle. Thank you again to those who volunteered their time yesterday. Our family is so thankful for your kindness and generosity.
The scheduled boat search for Kyle was featured on KGW news this evening. Please continue to spread the word about the search by sharing this news story. Again, the search is planned for Saturday, May 3rd at 10am at the Chinook Landing Marine Park. Thank you!
It has been 9 weeks since I received the call that you had gone missing. It has been so difficult. You are my big brother and the only one I would ever want.
It is finals week for me right now and I am reminded of the many times you would help me with my math homework. You always pushed me to not stop until I found the answer, and when I eventually did you would give me the "big brother smile". Then you would make me do the next one on my own... You have always e...ncouraged me to seek out knowledge and to find the truth. I loved it when you sent me Youtube videos about Wounded Knee, the Fibonacci Spiral, and an amazing violinist. You are one of the smartest people I know and I love that you thought I was capable of so much. I hope I am making you proud. I love you and think of you every day.
Your Baby Sister,
Just a reminder that NEXT Saturday, May 3rd is the boat search for Kyle. All volunteers are welcome, even if you are without a boat. We greatly appreciate the support from family, friends, and the community who have offered to come join us. We hope to see you next Saturday.
UPDATE: Since our search efforts of the Sandy River have not provided any information, our family was advised to organize a search of the Columbia River to look... for Kyle. We are asking the community to help by volunteering to bring their boats to help with the search. Teams will be made and volunteers will be assigned small sections of the river to search along the shoreline. The search will take place on Saturday, May 3 at 10am. We will be meeting at the Chinook Marine Landing Park for the boat launch. Thank you to all of those who have already volunteered to help with search efforts. For those without boats who would still like to volunteer, we will have flyers that need to be put up along the Columbia River to raise awareness with those who frequent the area. If anyone has any questions, please direct message us and we will get back to you. Thank you all again for your support during this very difficult time. Our family misses Kyle immensely and want to bring him home.
Today marks 2 months since you have disappeared. Tyler still asks about you all the time because he sees your missing posters everywhere. “Where's Ky Ky?” I wish we knew.
I catch Tyler talking on his play phone to you and it makes me smile that at least someone can have a conversation with you, even if it's make believe....
As Nathan's first birthday approaches this weekend, I keep hoping you'll show up with a "Kyle surprise gift," those are the best!
Tyler and Nathan love you Kyle and I will continue to tell them what a wonderful uncle and person you are. You are always in our thoughts.
Carrie (and your nephews)