Sheriff: Terri Horman being cooperative

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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton answers questions Friday about the investigation into the disappearance of 7-year-old Kyron Horman.

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Terri Horman, the stepmother of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, has been fully cooperating with law enforcement, according to Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton during a news conference Friday.

Staton’s revelation comes a day after Kyron’s biological mother, Desiree Young, appealed to Terri during a brief public statement to cooperate in the investigation to find Kyron.

“We implore Terri Horman to fully cooperate with investigators to bring Kyron home,” she said.

“To date there has been no indication through our detectives or through our investigators that she’s been uncooperative,” Staton said during the news conference called because of the flood of media questions his office has received about the case.

Even though it’s been a month since Kyron disappeared from Skyline School and there’s been no sign of him, Staton said the investigation hasn’t stalled.

“As I said earlier, we have 2,877 leads,” he said. “We have developed and/or closed doors in areas that would have taken us months to get to.”

He said all of those leads are valid and 60 percent of them have been checked out. Additionally, 20 detectives from various agencies, including the FBI, are working on the case 24 hours a day.

Staton confirmed that the searches conducted on Sauvie Island were based on tips and leads that investigators have received, and he said other areas have been searched as well.

Now that Terri has retained prominent defense attorney, Stephen Houze, Staton said detectives now must communicate with her through Houze.

To a question whether she is a suspect or person-of-interest in Kyron’s disappearance, Staton said, “Everyone’s a person-of-interest.”

Once again he reiterated that no one has been named a suspect or person-of-interest in the case.

Staton also said, “There are indications that both Kyron and the mother were seen at the school” the day Kyron disappeared, but he declined to comment whether anyone saw them leave.

He said the family is involved with the sheriff’s office and that the “bulk of the information that we obtain in the course of this investigation is going to come from the family, solely.”

Interviews with parents and children at Kyron’s school have also played an important part in the investigation as well as videos investigators have obtained, he said. 

He said until evidence proves to the contrary, his office is still operating under the assumption that Kyron is still alive.

Reluctantly, he also discussed the cost to the sheriff’s office the investigation is incurring, but he said his office has spent almost $300,000 on the case so far.

He said the county board knows that the case is a high priority and is fully behind him to supply the resources needed to solve the case.

Also on Friday, KATU News obtained mug shots (one of them seen at right) of Terri Horman from an arrest in 2005 for driving under the influence and the reckless endangerment of her then 11-year-old son who was in the car.

Terri Horman has been hit with divorce proceedings and a restraining order by her husband, Kaine Horman, after two recent calls to 9-1-1, the details of which have not yet been made public.

Kaine Horman has also moved out of the secluded family home and taken the couple’s toddler daughter with him. More and more, the focus of the investigation has turned to Terri.