The fourth of July holiday was anything but peaceful and relaxing for Desiree Young and Kaine Horman as they waited to find out if their missing son would be brought home. Their son Kyron, 7, went missing on June 4, 2010 from his elementary school in Portland, Oregon and hasn’t been seen since. Over the last four weeks, the case has had many bizarre twists and turns including divorce papers and a restraining order filed against Kyron’s step-mother Terri Moulton-Horman. Terri was the last person who may have seen Kyron before he vanished. Investigators say they were inside his elementary school before classes for a science fair, and Terri claims she said goodbye to Kyron and watched him walk off before she left. On July 1, 2010, Desiree spoke out to the public and said, “We implore Terri Horman to fully cooperate with investigators to bring Kyron home.”
Since then, new reports and details have emerged that Terri allegedly may have tried to hire a landscaper in the Portland area six or seven months before Kyron went missing to kill her husband Kaine. The Oregonian newspaper said that one of their sources uncovered information in an alleged “murder-for-hire” plot against Terri’s husband. The Oregonian website said, “She reportedly offered the landscaper, who advertises his expertise in lawn care, a large sum of money to carry out the scheme, sources say. Detectives with the Multnomah County Major Crimes Team shared the landscaper’s account with Kyron’s father, Kaine Horman, last weekend, prompting him to leave the house June 26 with the couple’s 19-month-old daughter.”
I have the paperwork from the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and along with filing the petition for dissolution of marriage, Kaine also filed a restraining order against his wife. The new report suggest the reason was because he was told about the plot to harm him.
The Oregonian website went on to say, “Investigators also recorded a conversation June 26 among the cooperating landscaper, Terri Horman and an undercover law enforcement officer, but Horman shut down the conversation fairly quickly, sources said.”
The ex parte motion is sealed and we do not know what evidence was brought forward to restrict Terri from seeing her child and husband, but in most cases restraining orders are not granted unless there is a threat presented to the parties seeking protection. In the divorce petition, Kaine sites the reason for the divorce as irreconcilable differences, and he is seeking full custody of the 18-month-old daughter he has with Terri. The paperwork states Kaine and Terri were married on April 15, 2007 in Hawaii, and he is seeking child support for their child.
Last night Desiree, Kaine and Tony, Kyron’s step-father, answered questions from the media about what life has been like for them since their son vanished. The family says this is the longest they have ever been out of contact with their son. They believe he is still alive because they have not been told otherwise, and they encourage the public to keep their eyes peeled for their son.
According to KATU’s website, here is exact text that appears from questions asked and answered by the Horman’s:
The Sheriff spoke out on Friday and said Terri Horman has cooperated throughout the investigation but was insinuated in your statement that she has not been cooperating-please explain.
We believe that the Sheriff’s statement could have been misinterpreted and possibly reflects Terri’s cooperation to participate in prior weeks during the investigation. The statement was directed at historical cooperation not current cooperation. Based upon information we have received from briefings it is our understanding, and continues to be such, that she has not been cooperating. We have been briefed by law enforcement and we have not received a response since our request for her to fully cooperate with investigators to assist in bringing Kyron home. We continue to issue our plea of her FULLY cooperating with law enforcement and the investigation to help bring Kyron home as quickly as possible.
Reporters: Trying to clear up so many reports that have been out there:
Was Kaine waiting at the bus stop for Kyron to get off of the school bus?
Yes I was. I walked Kiara down to the bus stop about 3:35 with Terri following close after we left. We all arrived down at the bus stop together and waited as the bus came to the stop.
When is the last time Kaine saw Kyron?
I last saw him at about 7:45 am. He was coming back to the house after feeding our cat (Bootsie) and I was heading out to the car to head into the office. I walked over to him, told him I was extremely proud of him for the effort he put into his red-eyed tree frog project, and for him to have a great and fun day at the science fair. We talked about maybe going for a special treat and playing the Wii after school, and then I said “I love you”. He said “I love you too, Dad”, at which point we hugged, and then he went into the house as I got into the car and left. While I have not seen him since, that moment in time is still etched in my mind as if it just happened and is a constant reminder of the joy of having him as a son.
Was Kaine working from home the day Kyron went missing? If so, when did Terri get home from the school?
No, I was in the office that day until about 1:45 and arrived back home a little after 2pm. Terri was already in the house, on her laptop, when I arrived. I kissed Kiara, grabbed some food, and worked from my home office until about 3:30 at which time I put shoes on Kiara and we started walking down toward the bus stop.
Was Kyron supposed to be out of school the following Friday for a doctor’s appt.?
There was some discussion about the appointment but it was unknown exactly when the appointment was scheduled so we cannot comment for certain.
Do you all still feel strongly that the investigation remains on track?
Yes, we feel the investigation continues to be on track and progressing toward finding Kyron. Every action we take is for the sole purpose of expediting the investigation and search for him and to bring him home as quickly as possible. Some actions can appear as distractions but our purpose, all efforts/actions, and our focus remain unwavered until he is home and safe.
Kaine are you able to confirm anything in the Oregonian story that was in the Sunday Paper that says it was discovered by police that Terri had attempted a Murder for Hire Plot?
We are unable to comment.
Do you receive daily briefings? If so, how are those briefings delivered to you?
Yes we receive daily briefings or more frequently as needed, the delivery method changes based upon participant locations.
What would you like to see happen in the investigation that hasn’t been thus far?
As Kyron’s family we have only one goal with the investigation, we only care about Kyron coming home to us soon.
Have you been asked to take polygraphs? If so, did you take them?
Yes, all 3 of us have taken polygraphs and have voluntarily undergone any and all sessions with law enforcement and will continue to do so as long as it takes to bring Kyron home. We wake up every day and check in to proactively see what else we can do to help with the case and to find Kyron. We are relentless in this focus.
Just prior to Terri being served the official paperwork a little over a week ago, Kyron’s biological mother, father and step-father jointly issued a statement:
“We have been fully briefed by law enforcement on the on-going criminal investigation. We are in complete support of that investigation. We have asked the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to facilitate releasing this statement for us due to their access to the media/flash news. We understand that we have free access to the media but are limiting statements to the media to keep the integrity of the investigation intact. Any actions taken by the investigation, or by us, are based on the best interests of Kyron and Kiara and comply with the law. Beyond this, we have no comment on the matter.” – Desiree, Tony and Kaine
Nearly 3,000 leads have poured in on this case. Desiree said her son had poor vision and couldn’t see very far in front of him, so he’s known to stick close to home. Kyron’s favorite food is macaroni and cheese and sushi. Also, when he gets upset or excited, a birthmark in a “V” shape re-appears on his forehead.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office collected questionnaires from parents, students and staff of Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. The information was geared towards hopefully uncovering new leads that will help find the missing 7-year-old. Investigators passed out the forms and requested the information back at the end of last weekend. Kyron disappeared on June 4, 2010 after his step-mother Terri dropped him off at his school after a morning science fair. A person of interest and suspect has not been named in this case, but investigators have said this is now a criminal investigation. Lt. Mary Lindstrand of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office told me that the official search efforts to track Kyron Horman shifted, and the new flier released will hopefully lead to clues.
Matt Shelby, Spokesperson for the Portland School District said this was the first incident in 20 years that student vanished. Two decades ago Shelby said a young girl was taken out of one of their schools and raped, but her attacker was caught. This case is bizarre because Kyron was seen at the school that morning walking from classroom to classroom looking at the projects with his step-mother. Shelby confirmed to me that the school was open at 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. for the public to come in. No one was required to sign in at the front office because the science fair was similar to an evening PTA event in that anyone was invited to attend. Kyron was one of 25 other students in his classroom at Skyline. About 300 students attend grades K-8. The morning Kyron vanished Shelby told me that two of the five doors were unlocked and families and friends could walk in and out easily. Unfortunately, there is not any surveillance monitoring the hallways or the classrooms.
Lt. Lindstrand said, “Although this has been an investigation since day one, it has progressed into a criminal investigation.” Searchers from her department are available to assist in going out on leads, but the immediate area where Kyron went missing has been covered a dozen times. Teams have combed the water and land near the school and specifically Sauvie Island dozens of times. There are reports that this is where cell phone information from Kyron’s step-mother, Terri, was linked to, but Lt. Lindstrand cannot confirm or deny that information. There is one main bridge to get to Sauvie Island and it is only accessible by boat or by car over the bridge. The island is encompassed by two counties, and the island is surrounded by a channel. There are small shops there, houses and farming area.
There are many questions that need to be answered, and investigators need your leads. Was there someone inside or outside the school?
Kyron’s step-mother Terri reportedly took two lie detector tests already, but investigators will not comment on those polygraphs at all. You have to remember, a lie detector is a great investigative tool that can help lead authorities in one direction or another, but there is no way of telling if the person taking it is withholding crucial information. Kyron’s family and investigators say Terri is cooperating with their efforts to find her step-son.
Kyron was last seen wearing orange and black cargo pants, and a black t-shirt with a “CSI” logo. The t-shirt has orange trim around the neck. He had on Sketcher tennis shoes, and white socks. Kyron weighs 50 pounds, and is 3 feet 8 inches tall.
Authorities announced a $25,000 reward being offered for any information, and this case will not grow cold.
Please contact Multnomah County Sheriff’s non-emergency line at 503-261-2847 with any information.
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