The Disappearance of Kyron Horman- 4th June 2010- Portland, Oregon.
Kyron Horman was a pleased, boyish 7-year-old whose smile lit up any room he was in. His parents, Kaine and Desiree separated before he was born and wedded other people. Desiree wedded a detective named Tony Young, and Kaine wedded Terri Moulton. Due to Desiree's health problems, Kyron stayed with Kaine and Terri in Portland, although Desiree remained a very active part of his life. Kaine and Terri went on to have a daughter, Kiara, together.
Around 8 am on the morning of 4th June 2010, Terri and Kyron reached his school, Skyline Elementary. There was a science festival that day, which Kyron was taking part in as well as a skill show later that afternoon. A while later, after taking pictures of Kyron standing with his project, Terri left the school. She told that as she was leaving, she saw Kyron stepping towards his classroom. Kyron, nonetheless, never made it to his class. After Terri left, she says she drove to two different Fred Meyer stores, seeking medication for Kiara's ear disorder until around 10 am. She then drove around town, trying to use the car's motion to soothe Kiara until 11.40 am. She tells she then went to the gym until 12.40 pm, before heading home, where she uploaded the science fair photos on Facebook at 1.21 pm.
At 3.30 pm Terri, Kaine and Kiara went to meet Kyron at the bus stop. When the bus reached and Kyron didn't get off, the bus driver informed them that he hadn't got on the bus after school and told them to call the school to see if they knew where he was. When the parents phoned, they discovered that he had been marked absent that day. His teacher had inferred he had a doctor's appointment and never doubted his absence. Realising Kyron was nowhere to be discovered, the school Secretary called 911 and reported him missing. Officers reached both the family home and the school around 45 minutes later.
The response after that was very sharp in progression. A broadcast was sent out to parents in Portland schools, detectives notified search and rescue and the FBI, and regional media was sent a photo of Kyron along with data on his disappearance. At 8 pm, search teams started to reach and a serious search for Kyron started; his home, school grounds, crawlspaces, outbuildings, classrooms and storage regions were searched. There was no hint of Kyron. As a result, the search was broadened, with over 1000 searchers joining the effort in what would be Oregon's biggest search and rescue operation. Press conferences were held with Kyron's parents pleading for him to come home, while students at Skyline Elementary put up a "wall of hope" full of tributes and optimistic messages. A $25,000 reward (later doubled to $50,000) was also posted. But Kyron was still nowhere to be discovered.
After 10 days, the search halted and the case was upgraded to a criminal inquiry. Investigators shifted their priority onto those closest to Kyron, precisely Terri, who was the last individual to have glimpsed Kyron. Desiree, herself, felt something was "off" about Terri's version of events. Tony, with knowledge in this kind of investigation, had instructed the family at the beginning about their private lives being put under a microscope and noted Terri's frustration and tricky behaviour about being questioned.
Terri was repeatedly questioned, her car searched many times and was made to take three polygraph tests. She failed two of these tests and walked out of the third. Her explanation would later be that she is part deaf and couldn't hear the questions well. Witnesses started to come forward telling them they had glimpsed another person waiting in Terri's car outside the school, as well as glimpsing Kyron leaving the school with Terri and Kiara. It was also found that Terri's phone data didn't match her story. The inquiry for a possible second individual led police to Terri's best friend, Dede Spicher, who was queried and had her home searched. Dede had suddenly left work with no justification on June 4th and didn't reply to any calls from colleagues, before coming back 90 minutes later. She contended, nonetheless, that she had never left work that day. She also allegedly assisted Terri to buy an untraceable phone.
Quickly after Kyron vanished, a gardener of Terri's, Rodolfo Sanchez told police she had proposed him a huge sum of money to murder Kaine just months earlier. He was wired and made to attempt to get an admission from Terri, but the plan failed. Later, Sanchez withdrew his statement, and it was discovered that administrations allegedly endangered to deport his family if he did not testify. Despite this, Kaine filed for divorce and a restraining order against Terri, moving out and taking Kiara with him. While this occurred behind the scenes, Terri said to the media, "It's just a rumour that requires to be squelched. Everything's fine." Dede confessed in an interview that she was there for Terri through all of this, staying at the home with her. She said how the pair doubted they were under supervision, so had crucial discussions outside, while only chatting about Terri's life, children and family while inside the house. Shortly, Terri was decreed to move out of the home, which she did instantly. It was also discovered that 26 days after Kyron's disappearance, Terri had been sexting Kaine's friend, conveying her thirst for sex and looking very unfazed by her stepson's disappearance.
While the inquiry proceeded, Desiree ultimately filed a civil suit against Terri, urging her to return Kyron or disclose where his corpse is. She sought $10million in damages. During the deposition for this, Terri rejected to answer 142 questions, comprising her whereabouts on June 4th, whether she knew Kyron & Kaine, and even denied identifying a picture of Kyron. Later, realising the suit would need sealed data from Kyron's inquiry to move forward, Desiree chose to drop the suit to conserve the honesty of the investigation. Terri went on to shift to California to avoid the pressure and tried to alter her name to Claire Sullivan - a character from a murder mystery novel - but was refuted. She has gone on to remarry since then, and maintains her tale, telling that she thinks Kyron was abducted by a man in a white pickup truck, who she had glimpsed that day acting suspiciously. In 2016, she was caught driving a stolen vehicle. She was already encountering charges of gun theft and domestic violence. The DV allegations came after a friend of Terri reported that he worries for his life after Terri held a knife up to his face, endangering to murder him and his family. She was also correlated to a 1990 murder-for-hire plot by an ex-boyfriend but hadn't officially been prosecuted.
Desiree, her spouse and Kaine are still battling desperately for Kyron to be discovered. Last year, on the 9th anniversary of his disappearance, Desiree disclosed that detectives have narrowed the search down to a region of 100 acres, and persuaded anyone with data to come forward. The investigation stays open and active, with investigators saying they will not halt until Kyron is discovered.