BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Kaine Horman held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Wall of Hope, just hours after the mother of missing Kyron Horman said she dropped a civil suit that may have been keeping the boy’s stepmother, Terri Horman, from revealing what she knows about his disappearance.
“We still have extreme confidence that they’re going to drive resolution to the case,” Horman said to reporters around 3:15 p.m. He said law enforcement is “again asking us to help protect the information as much as we can, so it doesn’t interfere with the integrity of what they’re doing. And we’re doing our best in the civil arena to do that.”
The Wall of Hope was constructed outside of his missing son’s northwest Portland elementary school shortly after Kyron’s June 4, 2010, disappearance. In August 2011 the wall was moved to Beaverton, Ore., where it stands at the parking lot of The Edge Gym.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Kaine Horman did express disappointment over Desiree Young’s dropped civil suit.
“At the same time,” Horman said, “trying to press forward to find Kyron and protect my daughter are the two things that are in the highest priorities.” The daughter’s mother is Terri Horman.
He said he does agree with Young that it’s probably best to drop any suit that might infringe on the investigation into Kyron’s disappearance.
Here’s what Young had to say earlier Tuesday: “I don’t want anything to compromise the ongoing investigation for Kyron. For these reasons, I have instructed my attorneys to dismiss the civil case.”
Horman and Young both believe Terri knows something more about how and why Kyron disappeared from a science fair at Skyline School. Terri dropped him off there.
In April of this year, Multnomah County Judge Henry Kantor also delayed the divorce hearing between Kaine, Kyron’s father, and Terri Horman for similar reasons. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office supported the request. However, as of Tuesday, Kaine Horman told KOIN 6 News that — while the civil suit is dropped — his divorce proceeding with Terri will continue “full throttle.”
Also on Tuesday, Young’s attorney said DeDe Spicher, who has been identified as a close friend of Terri Horman, testified again before a Multnomah County grand jury. That testimony, Young’s attorney said, was within the past two weeks.
Just minutes before Kaine Horman’s news conference, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office sent out the following statement on the Kyron Horman missing person’s case:
“The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is aware that Desiree Young has withdrawn her civil suit against Terri Horman. The Kyron Horman investigation remains an active, ongoing criminal investigation. While the civil suit was of interest, it did not affect the course of action or goal of the investigation.
“We continue to work with our investigative partners and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office as we maintain the case integrity, development of leads and information gathered through the course of the investigation.
“The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office remains in close contact with the parents of Kyron regarding the course of the investigation.
“In addition, Sheriff Staton has met regularly with Kaine Horman concerning the investigation and to ensure they are fully aware of the current course of action being taken by investigators. Sheriff Staton wants the citizens of Multnomah County to know this criminal investigation remains a high priority for the Sheriff’s Office and that it will continue unimpeded. The integrity and security of the investigation remains foremost for this agency.
“The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is unable to comment on specifics of the investigation but would like to reiterate its commitment to finding and bringing Kyron home and bringing closure to Kyron’s family and the investigation. MCSO encourages anyone with information regarding this case to contact our tip line at 503.261.2847.”