Disappearance of Kyron Horman

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Kyron Horman
Kyron Horman.jpg
The last photograph taken of Kyron Horman, during his school's science fair on June 4, 2010. Kyron disappeared within an hour of this photo being taken.[1]
Born (2002-09-09)September 9, 2002
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Disappeared June 4, 2010 (aged 7)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Status Missing for 8 years, 1 month and 9 days
Nationality American
Education Skyline Elementary School
Height Last seen as 3 ft 8 in (112 cm)
Weight Last seen as 50 lb (23 kg)
Parent(s) Kaine Horman (father)
Desiree Young (mother)

Kyron Horman (September 9, 2002 – disappeared June 4, 2010) is an American boy who went missing after not returning home from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, on June 4, 2010.[2] Local and state police, along with the FBI, conducted an exhaustive search for Horman and launched a criminal investigation, but have not uncovered any significant information regarding the child's whereabouts.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kyron Horman was born on September 9, 2002, in Portland, Oregon. He attended Skyline Elementary School near Forest Park.

Disappearance[edit]

On June 4, 2010, Kyron was brought to school by his stepmother, Terri Horman (née Moulton[4]), who then stayed with him while he attended a science fair. Terri stated that she left the school at around 8:45 a.m. and remembered seeing Kyron walking down the hall to his first class.[5] However, he was never seen in his first math class; instead, he was marked absent that day and has not been seen since.

Search and rescue vehicles along Skyline Boulevard during search in March 2011

Terri's statements to the police indicate that, after leaving the school at 8:45 a.m., she ran errands at a local grocery store until about 10:10 a.m. Between then and 11:39 a.m., Terri stated 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 and worked out until about 12:40 p.m. By 1:21 p.m., she had arrived home and posted photos of Kyron at the science fair on Facebook.[6]

At 3:30 p.m., Terri, her husband Kaine Horman, and their daughter, Kiara, walked to the bus stop to meet Kyron. The bus driver informed them that Kyron had not boarded the bus after school, and was asked to call the school and ask where he was. She was informed by the school secretary that Kyron hadn't been in school since early that day and had been marked absent. Realizing the boy was missing, the secretary then called 9-1-1.

Divorce and restraining order[edit]

In late June 2010, in the midst of the investigation into Kyron's disappearance, Kaine Horman was reportedly told by investigators that Terri had offered their landscaper, Rodolfo Sanchez, "a lot of money" to kill him. Sanchez testified in a deposition that Terri approached him to help kill her husband in January 2010, five months before Kyron's disappearance.[7] Investigators convinced Sanchez to confront Terri while wearing a wire, but they were unable to obtain any evidence and could not make an arrest. On June 28, Kaine filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Terri.[1][8] The divorce was granted[9] and Terri was eventually granted supervised visitation with her daughter.[10]

Lawsuit[edit]

Memorial for Kyron Horman, 2015

In 2010, the Multnomah County grand jury failed to yield an indictment against Terri in connection with Kyron's disappearance. On June 1, 2012, Kyron's mother, Desiree Young, filed a civil lawsuit against Terri claiming that she was "responsible for the disappearance of Kyron." The lawsuit attempted to prove that Terri had kidnapped Kyron. Young sought $10,000,000 in damages from Horman.[11] On August 15, 2012, a federal court judge denied a motion by Terri to delay the lawsuit.[12] On July 30, 2013, it was announced that Young had dropped the lawsuit against Terri so as not to interfere with the ongoing police investigation.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pinto, Barbara; Netter, Sarah; Schabner, Dean (29 June 2010). "Kyron Horman's Stepmother Reportedly Barred by Restraining Order From Seeing her Kids". ABC News. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Police looking for missing Skyline Elementary student". KATU. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Desiree Young says waiting for word on Kyron Horman is 'torture'". The Oregonian. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ AP. "Terri Horman accused of stealing gun in California". KTVZ. Retrieved December 6, 2016. Records show she booked into jail on July 4 after failing to show for her arraignment. She was released and later pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge. Her next court hearing was December 16. Terri is now using her maiden name, a reason her arrest escaped attention at the time. 
  5. ^ "Arrest Imminent in Kyron Horman Search?". CBS News. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Song, Anna (23 July 2010). "Sources detail Terri's timeline day Kyron disappeared". KATU. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Berstein, Maxine (20 February 2014). "Horman case: Judge will restrict landscaper's testimony but may not give much weight to it". The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Complete coverage: Search for Kyron Horman". KGW. 8 September 2010. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Horman divorce: Kaine and Terri marriage dissolved". 31 December 2013. The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kyron Horman's dad gets custody of daughter". 4 June 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Mother files lawsuit saying Terri Horman kidnapped Kyron". KATU. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kyron Horman's father: 'Growing evidence' against Terri". www.kgw.com. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mother of Kyron Horman dropping civil suit". KATU.com. 

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