Friends urge Terri Horman to speak

KATU file image of Terri Horman. »Play Video
KATU file image of Terri Horman.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Close friends of Terri Horman, the stepmother of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, say they wish she would speak out so people can hear her side of the story, and they’ve also advised her to hire an attorney.

Those friends, who have declined to speak on camera, said her husband’s motion to divorce is leaving her without the funds to afford a quality lawyer.

Kaine Horman has filed for divorce and was granted a restraining order against Terri that barred her from their 18-month-old daughter, Kiara.

The court records for the divorce were released Tuesday but only the cover letter of the restraining order was released. A judge said he was concerned that releasing the entire document could jeopardize the investigation into the disappearance of Kyron.

Terri’s friends said they worry the media coverage like the recent People magazine article entitled, “Stepmom in the Spotlight” has already tainted public opinion, and they describe her as a devoted mother.

Outside Skyline School Tuesday, where Terri said she last saw Kyron after a science fair on June 4, Jinnet Powel, a parent at the school and who volunteered with Terri, urged people to hold back on judgment.

“The hugest crime would be that then you duplicate the crime by accusing an innocent person,” she said. “I wish her and her family well. I can imagine this is a really, really painful time to be going through.”

But that pain is still mixed with images of hope.

Outside Skyline, a chain-link fence lined with those messages of hope continues to grow.

“May there be red eyed tree frogs and rainbows keeping you company,” said one message on a red streamer tied to the fence.

Some of the messages have come as far away as South Carolina.

There was another sign Tuesday that the search for Kyron is shifting. The Bring Kyron Home website announced that it is closing down by the end of the week and said on its homepage:

“We have no further plans to do anything more in terms of events or anything like bracelets, buttons, etc.”

But don’t tell that to parents like Powel.

“We have to carry on but this is an event I will never move on from until he’s home,” she said.

National interest in Kyron’s disappearance continues to grow. On Wednesday, People magazine will come out with a new article about the case which will be the third story in the publication for three weeks in a row.