July 2nd, 2010
12:32 PM ET

Family of missing boy pleads to stepmother


The family of Kyron Horman is pleading with his stepmother to provide the police with more information about a missing Oregon boy.

"We implore Terri Horman to fully cooperate with the investigators to bring Kyron home," the family said in a statement released Thursday.

Mrs. Horman has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Kyron vanished on June 4.

She said she last saw the 7-year-old walking down a hallway towards his second-grade classroom at Skyline Elementary School in Portland, according to the police.

Mrs. Korman is not a person of interest and there are no suspects in the criminal investigation into Kyron's disappearance, said the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

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Her husband, Kaine Horman, is seeking a divorce from Mrs. Horman and has received a temporary restraining order against her, court records indicated.

In Friday's statement, the child's family asked the public to continue searching for him. "Kyron is still alive!" the family asserted. "We would like all of you, everyone, to continue to get his face out there. Continue looking for him in your day to day activities. We pray each and every day for Kyron.

"We are working with investigators daily to bring Kyron home. We are extremely confident in how the investigation is going to bring him home."

The family also responded Thursday to written questions submitted by the media. Asked where they find strength, the family said "we lean on each other and we have focus on what needs to be done to bring Kyron home. We use Kyron as our strength. We pray each day for resolution and for Kyron."

The family said not knowing where he is and not having him here with us is the hardest thing about the mystery. They were also asked what they miss most about him.

"We miss his toothless smile, the belly laugh, the pouty lips but most of all the hugs that he gives us each day," the family said. "We also miss the everyday noise that emanates the house when he is playing."

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