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, United States
Disappeared June 4, 2010 (aged 7)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Status Missing for 6 years, 3 months and 20 days
Nationality American
Education Skyline Elementary School
Height Last Seen as 3'8"
Weight Last Seen As 50 Lbs.
Parent(s) Kaine Horman (father)
Desiree Young (mother)

Kyron Horman (September 9, 2002 – disappeared June 4, 2010) 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.[2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

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


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 stated that she left the school at around 8:45 a.m. and remembered seeing Kyron walking down the hall to his first class.[4] However, he was never seen in his first math class; instead, he was marked absent for the day and has not been seen since.

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

Horman'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 10:10 a.m. and 11:39 a.m., 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. Horman went to a local gym at 11:39 a.m., and worked out until about 12:40 p.m. By 1:21 p.m., she had arrived home and posted photos on Facebook of Kyron at the science fair earlier that morning.[5]

At 3:30 p.m., Horman, her husband Kaine Horman, and their daughter, Kiara, walked to the school bus stop to meet Kyron. The bus driver informed them that Kyron had not boarded the bus after school. The bus driver was asked 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[edit]

In late June 2010, in the midst of the investigation into Kyron's disappearance, Kyron's biological father, Kaine Horman, was reportedly told by investigators that his wife, Terri Horman, had offered their landscaper "a lot of money" to kill him. Rodolfo Sanchez, the landscaper, said in a deposition that she approached him to help kill her husband five months before the disappearance of the boy.[6] Investigators convinced the landscaper to confront Horman while wearing a wire, but they were unable to obtain any evidence and, therefore, did not make an arrest. On June 28, Kaine Horman filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against his wife.[1][7] The divorce was granted[8] and Terri Horman was eventually granted supervised visitation with her daughter.[9]


Memorial for Kyron Horman, 2015

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 Horman had kidnapped Kyron. Young was seeking $10,000,000 in damages from Horman.[10] On August 15, 2012, a federal court judge denied the motion by Terri Horman to delay the lawsuit.[11]

On July 30, 2013, it was announced that Desiree Young had 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."[12]


  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. ^ "Arrest Imminent in Kyron Horman Search?". CBS News. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Song, Anna (23 July 2010). "Sources detail Terri's timeline day Kyron disappeared". KATU. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Complete coverage: Search for Kyron Horman". KGW. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Horman divorce: Kaine and Terri marriage dissolved". 31 December 2013. The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kyron Horman's dad gets custody of daughter". 4 June 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Mother files lawsuit saying Terri Horman kidnapped Kyron". KATU. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kyron Horman's father: 'Growing evidence' against Terri". www.kgw.com. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mother of Kyron Horman dropping civil suit". KATU.com. 

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