Kyron Horman is a 7-year-old from Portland, Oregon that was declared missing on June 4, 2010 after he didn’t arrive home from school that afternoon. His step mother, Terri Horman, was reportedly the last person to see him after she left his science fair that morning.
When Kyron didn’t arrive home, his father and step-mother called the school and found out that Kyron had been marked absent for the day. The school secretary realized he was now missing and called the sheriff’s office in Multnomah County, Oregon.
The search team for Kyron was the largest in Oregon history at the time with over 1300 searchers from Washington, Oregon, and California. The search lasted 10 days and led nowhere.
Being the last person to actually see him, Terri Horman immediately became the first suspect. Terri claimed that after leaving the school at 8:45 a.m., she ran errands at two Fred Meyer grocery stores until about 10:10 a.m. She then drove her younger daughter around town to help soothe her daughter’s earache, until about 11:39 a.m. and afterwards 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 her Facebook.
Terri was polygraphed twice in the investigation into Kyron’s disappearance and failed both times.
In August 2010, it was announced that law enforcement were searching for a second person that was allegedly seen by two witnesses sitting inside Terri’s truck outside Skyline Elementary the day of Kyron’s disappearance.
A close friend of Terri recalled helping her purchase an untraceable cell phone and declined to answer 142 questions during a deposition. She also declined to identify Kyron in a photo and denied knowing Kaine as well.
Two weeks after Kyron went missing, his father Kaine learned from law enforcement that their gardener had come forward with shocking information about Terri: she had offered to pay their gardener “a lot of money” to kill Kaine.
Despite learning that the DA had threatened to deport the gardener and his family if he didn’t participate in a sting and get a confession, Kaine filed for divorce from Terri and was awarded a restraining order against her. In the order he claimed that he “believe the respondent is involved in the disappearance of my son.”
In June 1012, Kyron’s mom Desiree Young filed a civil lawsuit against Terri, claiming that she was “responsible for the disappearance of Kyron.” A year and a half later, Desiree dropped the lawsuit in order to not interfere with the ongoing police investigation.
In 2016, Terri appeared on Dr Phil and claimed that all of her lawyers advised her against ever speaking out. She believes that Kyron was kidnapped and even recalled a “man in a white pickup truck, Ford, parked on Highway 30 at the 7-Eleven near the school. He was acting very strangely and he was addressed by one of the employees because he had been pacing back and forth in front of the 7-Eleven for about an hour.”
In July 2016, Terri was arrested after stealing a gun from her roommate. A few months later, she was arrested again for driving a stolen car. Desiree has hope that these arrests prove Terri has a criminal background and that they show a pattern that could lead them to her missing son.
Despite receiving thousands of tips they still have not located Kyron. If you have any information about his disappearance, please call 911 or 800-843-5678. You may also contact the Multnomah Sherriff’s office at 503-823-3333 or the tip line at 503-261-2847.