Disappearance of Kyron Horman
The last photograph taken of Kyron Horman, during his school's science fair on June 4, 2010. Kyron disappeared within an hour of when this photo was taken.
September 9, 2002
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Disappeared||June 4, 2010 (aged 7)
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Status||Missing for 3 years, 5 months and 25 days|
|Education||Skyline Elementary School|
|Parents||Kaine Horman (father)
Desiree Young (mother)
Kyron Horman is an American boy who became, at the age of 7, a missing person when he did not return home from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, on June 4, 2010. Local and state police along with the FBI conducted an exhaustive search for the boy and launched a criminal investigation, but have not uncovered any significant information regarding the boy's whereabouts.
On June 4, 2010, Kyron was brought to school by his stepmother, Terri Horman, who then stayed with him while he attended a science fair. Terri Horman states that she left the school at around 8:45am and remembered seeing Kyron walking down the hall to his first class. However, he was never seen in his first math class, instead he was marked absent for the day and has not been seen since.
Terri Horman's statements to the police indicate that after leaving the school at 8:45am, she ran errands at a local grocery store until about 10:10am. Between 10:10am and 11:39am, she states that she drove her daughter around town in an attempt to use the motion of the vehicle to soothe the toddler's earache. Terri went to a local gym at 11:39am and worked out until about 12:40pm. By 1:21pm she had arrived home and posted photos on Facebook of Kyron at the science fair earlier that morning.
At 3:30pm, Terri, her husband Kaine Horman, and their daughter, Kiara, walked to the school bus stop to meet Kyron. The school bus driver informed them that Kyron had not boarded the school bus after school. She asked the bus driver to call the school and ask where Kyron was. She was informed by the school secretary that Kyron hadn't been in school since early that day and had been marked absent. She reported to the secretary that she did not have Kyron and therefore he was missing. The secretary then called the 911 call center using a private phone number assigned to the Portland Public School district to report that Kyron was missing. The 911 call center then reported this information to the police.
Divorce and restraining order
In late June 2010, in the midst of the investigation into Kyron's disappearance, Kyron's biological father Kaine was reportedly told by investigators that his wife, Terri Horman, had offered their landscaper "a lot of money" to kill him. Investigators convinced the landscaper to confront Terri while wearing a wire, but they were unable to obtain any hard evidence and therefore did not make an arrest. On June 28, Kaine filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Terri.
On June 1, 2012, Kyron's mother (Desiree Young) filed a lawsuit against Terri Horman claiming that she is "responsible for the disappearance of Kyron." The civil lawsuit would attempt to prove that Terri Horman kidnapped Kyron. Young was seeking $10,000,000 in damages from Horman. On August 15, 2012, a Federal Court Judge denied the motion by Terri Horman to delay the lawsuit.
On July 30th, 2013 it was announced that Desiree Young dropped the lawsuit against Terri Horman:
With "great disappointment," the mother of Kyron Horman said Tuesday she is dropping a civil suit against Terri Horman because she doesn't want it to jeopardize the police investigation. "Because my civil case can't go forward without the police criminal investigation file, it's with great disappointment I make this difficult decision," Desiree Young told reporters. Young was tearful as she spoke at the press conference outside the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland. She said in order for her lawyers to move forward with the suit, they need the police file — which they can't have during an active police investigation."
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