August 10th, 2010
04:08 PM ET

New searches for Kyron Horman


Authorities investigating the disappearance of Kyron Horman conducted new searches over the weekend for the missing 7-year-old Portland, Oregon boy.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the searches were prompted by information related to the case, but would not disclose specifics of the operation except to say the areas canvassed were near Skyline Elementary School, where Kyron's stepmother, Terri Horman, said she last saw him on June 4.

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A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office refused to comment on several published reports that said the searches were initiated following a tip from DeDe Spicher, a friend of Terri Horman.

Spicher, who has been in close contact with Horman, was subpoenaed to meet with a grand jury investigating Kyron’s disappearance.

Spicher stayed with Horman after Kyron's biological father, Kaine Horman, filed for divorce last month. In divorce filings, Kaine Horman has said he believes that Terri Horman "is involved in the disappearance of my son Kyron."

The Oregonian reported that detectives have asked Spicher about her whereabouts June 4, the day Kyron was last seen. According to the newspaper, Spicher was doing gardening work for a Portland homeowner when she "abruptly left about 11:30 a.m." The homeowner tried reaching Spicher on her cell phone, the newspaper reported, but got no answer. Spicher returned to the house about 90 minutes later, the newspaper reported, citing detectives.

No persons of interest or suspects have been named in connection with the case.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Monday it will hold a press conference Wednesday to address certain case details, authorities said.

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