Divorce papers, restraining order put spotlight on stepmother

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KATU file image of Terri Horman.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The father of missing Skyline School second-grader Kyron Horman has filed for divorce from his wife Terri Moulton Horman and was granted a restraining order against her, a source confirmed to KATU News Monday night.

The source also confirmed that Kaine Horman has moved out of the family’s house. Legal documents released Tuesday confirmed those reports.

The source said the restraining order is a physical restraining order that is meant to protect the couple’s 18-month-old daughter, Kiara. Details of the restraining order are sealed.

A legal document released regarding the restraining order indicates the seal was placed in order to "not risk compromising the effort to find Kyron Horman and related criminal investigations..."

Before KATU's source confirmed that Kaine had moved out and taken his daughter with him, KATU News had friends of Terri call her and ask her if it was true.

She told them it wasn’t true and that everything was fine. But the divorce papers weren’t served until 6 p.m. in the evening.

Terri has not answered requests to talk with KATU News.

Terri Horman is Kyron’s stepmother and was the last known person to see him when he disappeared Friday, June 4.

In a statement released Monday afternoon through the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Kyron’s biological mother, Desiree Young, his stepfather, Tony Young, and Kaine Horman, said they don’t want to say too much to the media for fear that it may damage the integrity of the investigation.

“We are in complete support of that investigation,” they wrote. “Any actions taken by the investigation, or by us, are based on the best interests of Kyron and Kiara and comply with the law. Beyond this, we have no comment on the matter.”

The statement was not signed by Terri.

In a phone interview, Desiree Young was asked if Terri knew they had written the statement. She said, “No, Terri didn’t know that we wrote this statement.” She wouldn’t comment as to why Terri wasn’t involved in the writing of it.

Meanwhile, Terri’s father, Larry Moulton, said in the latest issue of People magazine that investigators are taking a closer look at his daughter.

“She’s trying to be as cooperative as she can. … I guess they think she’s going to break,” he was quoted as saying.

He said his daughter, who is a former teacher, is “really good with kids.”

He also said investigators have questioned her for six hours at a time during several sessions, have given her two polygraphs and have twice taken her truck away.

Investigators have said the truck was removed from her home for repairs.

When the magazine’s interviewer asked Moulton if he thinks his daughter will be arrested, Moulton said, “I think it’s 50-50.”

Investigators have refused to comment about any possible suspects or persons of interest in the case, but they have said they believe it is an “isolated incident.”