Kyron Richard Horman

Kyron Richard Horman was born on the 9th of September 2002 to parents Desiree Young and Kaine Horman. Desiree and Kaine divorced whilst Desiree was eight months pregnant, citing “irreconcilable differences”. The pair had shared custody of Kyron until 2004 when Desiree was diagnosed with kidney failure that required extensive medical attention. Kaine then had full custody of Kyron, but Desiree remained an active part of Kyron’s upbringing.

In 2007, Kaine married Terri Moulton, who he had been seeing romantically since around 2001 when Desiree and Kaine were in the middle of their divorce proceedings. In December 2008, Terri gave birth to Kyron’s half-sister, Kiara.

On the 4th of June 2010, Kyron was taken to school by his stepmother Terri, who stayed with him whilst he attended a science fair. Terri said that she then left at around 8:45am, and remembered seeing Kyron walking down the hall to his first class.

However, Kyron never attended his first class of the day and was marked absent.

Kyron Horman. Credit: Horman Family/Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

At 3:30pm, Terri, her husband Kaine, and their daughter Kiara walked to the bus stop to meet Kyron. The bus driver told the family that Kyron was not on the bus and that they should call the school about his whereabouts. Terri then called the school, only to be told by the school secretary that Kyron had not been at school since early that morning, and had been marked absent.

As soon as they realised that Kyron was missing, the secretary called 911.

Initially, the search for Kyron focused on a 2-mile (3.2km) radius from his school, Skyline Elementary in Portland, Oregon, and on Sauvie Island which was approximately 6 miles (9.7km) away. Police even searched Sauvie Island Bridge, but have never disclosed the reasons for searching the areas that they did.

On the 12th of June 2010, over 300 trained searchers started searching the woodland around Skyline Elementary. The search for Kyron lasted for over 10 days and was the largest in Oregon history. Over 1,300 searchers from Oregon, Washington and California were involved in the search for him.

During the midst of the investigation, Kaine Horman was told several times that his wife, Terri, had offered “a lot of money” to their landscaper, Rodolfo Sanchez, to kill her husband. Mr Sanchez testified in a deposition that Terri had approached him to help kill her husband in January 2010, just five months before Kyron disappeared. Sanchez also approached Terri wearing an audio surveillance device, but no evidence could be obtained and police were unable to make an arrest.

Kaine divorced Terri on the 28th of June 2010 and filed a restraining order against her. The divorce was granted and Terri was eventually granted supervised visits with her daughter.

During this time, Terri failed two polygraph tests regarding Kyron’s disappearance.

Kyron on the morning of his disappearance. Credit: koin.com

In August 2010, police announced they were searching for an individual who was reportedly sighted by two witnesses that morning sitting inside Terri’s truck outside of Skyline Elementary, Kyron’s school, on the day of Kyron’s disappearance.

In July 2010, a Multnomah County grand jury issued subpoenas to several of Terri’s friends, including DeDe Spicher. DeDe was described by Desiree and Kaine as being “in close communication with Terri” and “providing Terri with support and advice that is not in the best interests of our son”.

On the day of Kyron’s disappearance, DeDe abruptly left her gardening work for a homeowner at around 11:30am and returned around 90mins later. She also helped Terri to buy a disposable mobile phone.

However, law enforcement says that DeDe was very cooperative, allowed searches of her house and car, and endured three hours of questioning from the police.

On the 1st of June, 2012, Kyron’s mother, Desiree, filed a civil lawsuit against Terri. Desiree claimed that Terri was “responsible for the disappearance of Kyron”, and the lawsuit attempted to prove that Terri kidnapped Kyron. Desiree sought $10 million in damages from Terri.

In early October 2012, Terri’s friend, DeDe, refused to answer any of the 142 questions asked to her during a disposition in regard to Desiree’s lawsuit. These questions included DeDe’s whereabouts on the 4th of June 2010, her contact with Terri on that day, and she also declined to identify a photograph of Kyron, as well as having no answer for whether she knew Kyron or not, and whether she knew his father, Kaine.

During a separate hearing the same year, Kyron’s father, Kaine, stated that police had told him that “they had more probable cause to think that Terri Herman was involved in Kyron’s disappearance than they did two years ago.”

On July 30th, 2013, Desiree dropped the lawsuit against Terri so as to not interfere with an active and ongoing investigation.

In 2016, Terri appeared on the TV show, Dr Phil. On the show, she proclaimed her innocence and said that she believes Kyron was kidnapped. She spoke about a man in a white pickup truck that was parked on Highway 30, at 7-11, which is not close to the school. The man had been addressed by the employees because he was acting so strangely, he had been pacing back and forth in front of the shop for around an hour.

As of 2022, Kyron is still a missing person. His family have never given up hope and is constantly looking and searching for him.

Kyron, just an hour before going missing. Credit: koin.com

To mark the 12th anniversary of Kyron’s disappearance, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have released a new age-progressed image of Kyron, depicting what he may look like at 19 years old.

If you recognise Kyron, or if you have any information regarding Kyron’s disappearance, please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at 503-988-0560 or contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. There is a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the closure of the case.

There is also a Facebook Page dedicated to raising awareness of Kyron’s case.

Kyron age progressed to 19. Credit: Oregon Live / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Kyron Horman, Portland, Oregon, 2010, the 2010s, Missing Child, Missing Person, Unsolved Missing Person Case, Still Missing, True Crime, Real Crime, Unresolved Case, Unsolved True Crime, Unsolved Mystery

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