Editor's Note: Kyron Horman, 7, went missing after Terri Horman dropped him off at school on June 4. The stepmother said she last saw Kyron walking down a hallway toward his second-grade classroom at Skyline Elementary School in Portland, according to the police.
The family of Kyron Horman released answers to questions Monday submitted by members of the media. The response, which I've posted below, included new details on the investigation and on the day the boy disappeared.
How difficult was it to be without Kyron this 4th of July?
Desiree – It was very difficult. Kyron doesn’t like real loud noises and so he generally is kind of timid when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, but the main thing that I missed was Kyron sitting on my lap for the entire show. I always tell him he is just making sure that I am not afraid, at least that is what I tell him when his 15 year old brother teases him about it.
Kaine – extremely difficult. He likes the lights and colors but not the noises and will often sit and watch with his ears covered. We have tried a few fireworks in the past but he definitely prefers watching them. Kyron enjoys the food/BBQ that we usually do and we usually play outside most of the day, which he loves to do.
What was planned for Kyron to be doing this week if he had not disappeared?
He was supposed to be in California on vacation with his dad visiting friends – swimming, BBQ’ing, playing mini-golf, going to the water slides, a possible trip to the races, visiting to Monterey, and watching fireworks/celebrating the 4th of July with everyone.
Are you worried Terri is becoming the story and not Kyron?
Our main goal is to keep Kyron in the front of everyone’s mind because we have a better chance of finding him. So we are constantly working to keep him the focus of the story and not Terri.
Help us understand why you remain so certain Kyron is alive?
We remain hopeful because we haven’t been given any information by law enforcement to indicate he isn’t still alive and therefore we will always expect that he will come home to us.
It has been a month since Kyron went missing, has this been the longest amount of time that any of you have been away from Kyron?
Yes, it is the longest stretch of time for all of us where we have been unable to at least call or talk to him in one form or another.
The note put on the fence by Desiree for Kyron last week – are you willing to share what was in that note?
It’s personal to Ky, but I reassured him that we were on the way and that we will never stop looking for him.
It’s been just over one month since Kyron disappeared, how is the family seeking support to keep up hope that Kyron will be returned home safely? Who is the most helpful source of support outside the family?
The only support we have been seeking is for people to keep an eye out for him. The local community and people all across the state of Oregon and everywhere in the Unites States have sent notes of prayer, reassurance, and strength in support of Kyron and our family. While the local community is relentless in its search for Kyron and support of the investigation, the national community continues to get the word out and watch for him. We will be reaching out to other families and organizations that help with missing children cases, we have not yet had enough time to do so. Other than that our strength and support comes from our love for Kyron and we lean on each other as much as we can while we search for him.
What does Kyron’s room look like now? Have you made any changes to it since he disappeared?
Desiree – I haven’t made any changes to his room other than to vacuum it. I still have his laundry laid out and his bed not made because I can’t bring myself to make his bed. I like to see that it looks slept in.
Kaine – We have done a little cleaning but otherwise it is in the same state it was when he left it. We had some family friends come over and we all played in his room to fill it with love and happy noises for Kyron, exactly as he would want if he would have been there with us. Additions to his room include gifts from other children that will be awaiting him when he gets home.
Can you say something along what you said earlier about this not being two separate stories, but all about trying to find Kyron?
Kyron Horman is one story. As stated on an earlier interview, EVERYTHING we do is to expedite the investigation as best we can and bring him home quickly and safely.
Can you repeat your comment about how all you care about is putting pressure on whoever did this to Kyron?
In essence, this is what it’s all about.
All of us care very much about bringing this person to justice and bringing Kyron home and we will not stop until that is done.
The Sheriff spoke out on Friday and said Terri Horman has cooperated throughout the investigation but was insinuated in your statement that she has not been cooperating-please explain.
We believe that the Sheriff’s statement could have been misinterpreted and possibly reflects Terri’s cooperation to participate in prior weeks during the investigation. The statement was directed at historical cooperation not current cooperation. Based upon information we have received from briefings it is our understanding, and continues to be such, that she has not been cooperating. We have been briefed by law enforcement and we have not received a response since our request for her to fully cooperate with investigators to assist in bringing Kyron home. We continue to issue our plea of her FULLY cooperating with law enforcement and the investigation to help bring Kyron home as quickly as possible.
Trying to clear up so many reports that have been out there:
Was Kaine waiting at the bus stop for Kyron to get off of the school bus?
Yes I was. I walked Kiara down to the bus stop about 3:35 with Terri following close after we left. We all arrived down at the bus stop together and waited as the bus came to the stop.
When is the last time Kaine saw Kyron?
I last saw him at about 7:45 am. He was coming back to the house after feeding our cat (Bootsie) and I was heading out to the car to head into the office. I walked over to him, told him I was extremely proud of him for the effort he put into his red-eyed tree frog project, and for him to have a great and fun day at the science fair. We talked about maybe going for a special treat and playing the Wii after school, and then I said “I love you”. He said “I love you too, Dad”, at which point we hugged, and then he went into the house as I got into the car and left. While I have not seen him since, that moment in time is still etched in my mind as if it just happened and is a constant reminder of the joy of having him as a son.
Was Kaine working from home the day Kyron went missing? If so, when did Terri get home from the school?
No, I was in the office that day until about 1:45 and arrived back home a little after 2pm. Terri was already in the house, on her laptop, when I arrived. I kissed Kiara, grabbed some food, and worked from my home office until about 3:30 at which time I put shoes on Kiara and we started walking down toward the bus stop.
Was Kyron supposed to be out of school the following Friday for a doctor’s appt.?
There was some discussion about the appointment but it was unknown exactly when the appointment was scheduled so we cannot comment for certain.
Do you all still feel strongly that the investigation remains on track?
Yes, we feel the investigation continues to be on track and progressing toward finding Kyron. Every action we take is for the sole purpose of expediting the investigation and search for him and to bring him home as quickly as possible. Some actions can appear as distractions but our purpose, all efforts/actions, and our focus remain unwavered until he is home and safe.
Kaine are you able to confirm anything in the Oregonian story that was in the Sunday Paper that says it was discovered by police that Terri had attempted a Murder for Hire Plot?
We are unable to comment.
Do you receive daily briefings? If so, how are those briefings delivered to you?
Yes we receive daily briefings or more frequently as needed, the delivery method changes based upon participant locations.
What would you like to see happen in the investigation that hasn’t been thus far?
As Kyron’s family we have only one goal with the investigation, we only care about Kyron coming home to us soon.
Have you been asked to take polygraphs? If so, did you take them?
Yes, all 3 of us have taken polygraphs and have voluntarily undergone any and all sessions with law enforcement and will continue to do so as long as it takes to bring Kyron home. We wake up every day and check in to proactively see what else we can do to help with the case and to find Kyron. We are relentless in this focus.
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I think that someone should tell Kyrons step mom that he's been found and see her reaction to it. The whole story breaks everyones heart and I don't understand how someone could take a 7 year old boy away from his family. I wish that they would just admit to what they've done so this whole thing would be over with.
All prayers are with Kyron, Desiree & Kaine. These things should never happen.
I hope this nightmare ends soon with Kyron coming home safe. So many people are praying for him and his family.
We can all recall the story of the Yale medical student who's petite body was found in a small opening of the school wall. I hope every inch of Kyron's elementary school, including cabinets, closets, vents etc. have been searched with police dogs so that the school building can be completely eliminated from the search.
susan- i asked yhe same question on another blog and someone said it was reported she had caner i never read it but there are so many articles i could have missed it
I believe the news has reported that the other child is only 18 months old, therefore she would not be in school. But if the father was at work until 1:45, where was this little girl during the time she took Kyron to school for the science fair? There has been no mention of that.
Kaine & Desiree... we can't imagine the pain, frustration, anger and fear you must be feeling. Our prayers are with you & your family. We hope Kyron is returned soon and safely....
We pray for swift justice.
Susan, The answer to your question has been reported in several forums. His mother became ill and had to leave the country to recieve treatment. Upon returning to the states they made arrangements and shared custody of the child. He maintained regular visits with his mother up to every weekend. This is not an uncommon arrangement in this day and age.
Very good question Betty.
We continue to pray for this darling little boy and family who need him
home so much.
If Kaine went to work early and Terri took Kyron to school, did she have
toddler Kiara at school also?
No one has commented on this.
Why wasn't Kyron living with his Mom? I keep asking myself that.
Susan, I read a report that said his biological mother had health problems so Kyron spent most of his time with his father, but his mom had him on weekends.
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