On the day of his disappearance, he was wearing a CSI t-shirt. Little did he know that his life would soon become a criminal affair. On June 4, 2010, 7-year-old Kyron Horman arrived at Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Accompanied by his mother-in-law, Terri Horman, the boy prepares his stand for the day’s science fair and heads for his classroom. From a distance, Terri waves to him and watches him walk away. This is the last time Kyron Horman was seen alive.
Around 3:30 p.m., Terri, her husband Kaine Horman and their daughter Kiara (Kyron’s father and little sister) go to the school bus stop to meet Kyron there. But on arriving, the driver claims not to have seen the boy get on the bus… Worried, the family leaves for school and makes a disconcerting discovery: the same morning, Kyron did not show up for his first lesson. . Alerted, the authorities open an investigation and launch a large-scale search operation. More than 1,300 people travel from Oregon, California and Washington State to lend a hand to investigators. Around the school, forests, parks and entire towns have been combed through, in vain. Little Kyron Horman has vanished.
Terri Horman at the heart of the investigations
At the same time, the police investigate and turn to the last person to have seen Kyron alive: Terri Horman. The boy’s mother-in-law says she left elementary school around 8:45 a.m. before going shopping at two different stores. Afterwards, at around 10.10 a.m., she claims to have been in her car for more than an hour to calm her daughter, Kiara, who was suffering from an ear infection, then went to a gym at around 11.39 a.m. A very normal course, but which nevertheless leaves the investigators skeptical. How to prove that Terri Horman is telling the truth about her actions?
It must be said that Kyron’s stepmother makes a perfect suspect. In addition to being the last person to have seen him alive, Terri had a very complicated relationship with him. According to Kyron’s birth mother, Desiree Young, Terri blamed her son for the problems she was having in his relationship with his father, Kaine. “She blames Kyron for a lot of the difficulties she is having with Kaine. It was a big point of contention in their marriage and she had expressed her hatred for Kyron in detail. I am now confident that she is not only capable of doing hurt Kyron, but that she could have committed the worst”, confided, later, the mother of the little boy.
She would have offered “a large sum of money” to get rid of her husband
And that’s not the only thing that accuses Terri Horman. In June 2010, just days after the disappearance of little Kyron, Rodolfo Sanchez, the family’s landscaper, contacted the authorities. He claims that in January 2010, the mother-in-law offered him “a large sum of money” to get rid of her husband. To prove the truth of this testimony, the police ask Sanchez to wear a bug during a conversation with Horman. Unfortunately, the business fails and the police lack the evidence to arrest her.
Twelve years later, little Kyron Horman remains untraceable and his stepmother, who has since divorced Kaine Horman, denies any involvement in the disappearance of her ex-stepson. Invited on the set of Dr. Phil in 2016, she said: “There was a man in a white Ford van parked on Highway 30 at 7-Eleven (…). He was behaving very strangely and an employee 7-Eleven even spoke to him because he’s been walking back and forth for an hour.” Was Kyron Horman the victim of a kidnapping? The mystery remains intact.
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