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MEDFORD, Ore. – In a statement from Medford, Ore. Tuesday, Kyron Horman's biological mother once again called on Kyron’s stepmother, Terri Horman, to cooperate with the investigation to find Kyron. Meanwhile, his stepfather said people can "connect the dots" to draw their own conclusions in the investigation.
“Terri, you need to do what is right,” said Desiree Young before television cameras. “Not for me, not for Tony, not for Kaine, not even for Kyron. You need to do it for Kiara (Kaine and Terri’s 19-month-old daughter), because she needs to see that you did the right thing to help bring her brother home. She loves him very much.”
Desiree and Tony Young made their statement at the Medford police station where Tony is a police detective. Kyron’s father, Kaine, also planned to attend but Desiree said he was working with investigators.
During the question-and-answer period, after Desiree read her statement, Tony told people they can “connect the dots” in this case.
“What’s been in the media up to this point, I think that can be checked (and) you can connect the dots yourself,” he said. “If you’re a reasoning person you can come to your own opinion about that.”
They said Terri is not cooperating with police since she hired high-profile defense attorney, Stephen Houze last week.
Desiree spoke directly to Kyron and told him that they are working as hard as they can to bring him home.
“We love you and we miss you," Desiree said. "We remain here working hard every day to get you home. Please do not be afraid, because the police are going to find you.”
Desiree and Tony said that on the day Kyron disappeared Terri was supposed to take Kyron and drive him to Eugene to meet Desiree. Desiree was then going to take Kyron to Medford for the weekend so he could go fishing with Tony.
Also on Tuesday, KATU News was able to independently confirm some of the details from an online report from blinkoncrime.com that the landscaper Terri Horman allegedly tried to hire to kill her husband, Kaine, did show up at her house and had an undercover detective with him.
The source confirmed that the landscaper was wearing a wire. The source said there was some sort of a dispute over $10,000 and the visit was connected to the first of two 9-1-1 calls placed from the Hormans' home on that Saturday, June 26.
The first call, at 5:18 p.m., was over some sort of a threat. The second was placed at 11:39 p.m. and was related to a custody issue after Kaine took their young daughter and left.
Over the weekend, Desiree, Kaine and Tony answered questions from the media through e-mail. Terri did not contribute to the answers.
The family clarified statements made last Friday by Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton when he said Terri was cooperating with police.
The family wrote that Terri may have cooperated in the past but they believe that is not the case now.
“Based upon information we have received from briefings it is our understanding, and continues to be such, that she has not been cooperating,” the family wrote. “We have been briefed by law enforcement and we have not received a response since our request for her to fully cooperate with investigators to assist in bringing Kyron home. We continue to issue our plea of her FULLY cooperating with law enforcement. ...”
Desiree first made a public plea this past Thursday for Terri to cooperate with investigators.
In response to why the family remains certain Kyron is still alive, they said police haven’t given them information to indicate that he isn’t.
Kaine said the last time he saw Kyron was at about 7:45 a.m. the day he disappeared. Kyron had just finished feeding the family’s cat, Bootsie, and was returning to the house:
“I walked over to him, told him I was extremely proud of him for the effort he put into his red-eyed tree frog project, and for him to have a great and fun day at the science fair,” Kaine wrote. “We talked about maybe going for a special treat and playing the Wii after school, and then I said ‘I love you’. He said ‘I love you too, Dad’, at which point we hugged, and then he went into the house as I got into the car and left.”
He wrote that he arrived back home at about 2 p.m. and worked until about 3:30 from his home office. He then walked down to Kyron’s bus stop with Terri and their 19-month-old daughter, Kiara.
Over the weekend a story appeared in The Oregonian about the alleged murder-for-hire plot hatched about six months ago by Terri Horman. According to the report, a landscaper, who worked at the Horman’s home, said that she wanted to pay him to kill Kaine.
Police informed Kaine about the alleged plot, which prompted him to leave the family’s home and take their daughter with him, a KATU News source confirmed. Two days later Kaine filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Terri. Then, a few days later Terri retained prominent defense attorney, Stephen Houze.
The family said they couldn’t comment on The Oregonian’s story.
The three also responded to whether they had taken polygraph tests. They said they each took and passed polygraph tests.
“We have voluntarily undergone any and all sessions with law enforcement and will continue to do so, to bring Kyron home," they wrote. "We wake up every day and check in to proactively see what else we can do to help with the case and to find Kyron. We are relentless in this focus.”
Kyron disappeared Friday, June 4, after reportedly attending a science fair. Investigators said Terri was the last person to see him at about 8:45 that morning.
The full unedited text of the questions and answers appears below. Questions are in bold.
How difficult was it to be without Kyron this 4th of July?
Desiree – It was very difficult. Kyron doesn’t like real loud noises and so he generally is kind of timid when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, but the main thing that I missed was Kyron sitting on my lap for the entire show. I always tell him he is just making sure that I am not afraid, at least that is what I tell him when his 15 year old brother teases him about it.
Kaine – extremely difficult. He likes the lights and colors but not the noises and will often sit and watch with his ears covered. We have tried a few fireworks in the past but he definitely prefers watching them. Kyron enjoys the food/BBQ that we usually do and we usually play outside most of the day, which he loves to do.
What was planned for Kyron to be doing this week if he had not disappeared?
He was supposed to be in California on vacation with his dad visiting friends – swimming, BBQ’ing, playing mini-golf, going to the water slides, a possible trip to the races, visiting to Monterey, and watching fireworks/celebrating the 4th of July with everyone.
Are you worried Terri is becoming the story and not Kyron?
Our main goal is to keep Kyron in the front of everyone’s mind because we have a better chance of finding him. So we are constantly working to keep him the focus of the story and not Terri.
Help us understand why you remain so certain Kyron is alive?
We remain hopeful because we haven’t been given any information by law enforcement to indicate he isn’t still alive and therefore we will always expect that he will come home to us.
It has been a month since Kyron went missing, has this been the longest amount of time that any of you have been away from Kyron?
Yes, it is the longest stretch of time for all of us where we have been unable to at least call or talk to him in one form or another.
The note put on the fence by Desiree for Kyron last week – are you willing to share what was in that note?
It’s personal to Ky, but I reassured him that we were on the way and that we will never stop looking for him.
It’s been just over one month since Kyron disappeared, how is the family seeking support to keep up hope that Kyron will be returned home safely? Who is the most helpful source of support outside the family?
The only support we have been seeking is for people to keep an eye out for him. The local community and people all across the state of Oregon and everywhere in the Unites States have sent notes of prayer, reassurance, and strength in support of Kyron and our family. While the local community is relentless in its search for Kyron and support of the investigation, the national community continues to get the word out and watch for him. We will be reaching out to other families and organizations that help with missing children cases, we have not yet had enough time to do so. Other than that our strength and support comes from our love for Kyron and we lean on each other as much as we can while we search for him.
What does Kyron’s room look like now? Have you made any changes to it since he disappeared?
Desiree – I haven’t made any changes to his room other than to vacuum it. I still have his laundry laid out and his bed not made because I can’t bring myself to make his bed. I like to see that it looks slept in.
Kaine – We have done a little cleaning but otherwise it is in the same state it was when he left it. We had some family friends come over and we all played in his room to fill it with love and happy noises for Kyron, exactly as he would want if he would have been there with us. Additions to his room include gifts from other children that will be awaiting him when he gets home.
Can you say something along what you said earlier about this not being two separate stories, but all about trying to find Kyron?
Kyron Horman is one story. As stated on an earlier interview, EVERYTHING we do is to expedite the investigation as best we can and bring him home quickly and safely.
Can you repeat your comment about how all you care about is putting pressure on whoever did this to Kyron? In essence, this is what it’s all about.
All of us care very much about bringing this person to justice and bringing Kyron home and we will not stop until that is done.
The Sheriff spoke out on Friday and said Terri Horman has cooperated throughout the investigation but it was insinuated in your statement that she has not been cooperating-please explain.
We believe that the Sheriff’s statement could have been misinterpreted and possibly reflects Terri’s cooperation to participate in prior weeks during the investigation. The statement was directed at historical cooperation not current cooperation. Based upon information we have received from briefings it is our understanding, and continues to be such, that she has not been cooperating. We have been briefed by law enforcement and we have not received a response since our request for her to fully cooperate with investigators to assist in bringing Kyron home. We continue to issue our plea of her FULLY cooperating with law enforcement and the investigation to help bring Kyron home as quickly as possible.
Reporters: Trying to clear up so many reports that have been out there:
Was Kaine waiting at the bus stop for Kyron to get off of the school bus?
Yes I was. I walked Kiara down to the bus stop about 3:35 with Terri following close after we left. We all arrived down at the bus stop together and waited as the bus came to the stop.
When is the last time Kaine saw Kyron?
I last saw him at about 7:45 am. He was coming back to the house after feeding our cat (Bootsie) and I was heading out to the car to head into the office. I walked over to him, told him I was extremely proud of him for the effort he put into his red-eyed tree frog project, and for him to have a great and fun day at the science fair. We talked about maybe going for a special treat and playing the Wii after school, and then I said “I love you.” He said “I love you too, Dad,” at which point we hugged, and then he went into the house as I got into the car and left. While I have not seen him since, that moment in time is still etched in my mind as if it just happened and is a constant reminder of the joy of having him as a son.
Was Kaine working from home the day Kyron went missing? If so, when did Terri get home from the school?
No, I was in the office that day until about 1:45 and arrived back home a little after 2pm. Terri was already in the house, on her laptop, when I arrived. I kissed Kiara, grabbed some food, and worked from my home office until about 3:30 at which time I put shoes on Kiara and we started walking down toward the bus stop.
Was Kyron supposed to be out of school the following Friday for a doctor’s appt.?
There was some discussion about the appointment but it was unknown exactly when the appointment was scheduled so we cannot comment for certain.
Do you all still feel strongly that the investigation remains on track?
Yes, we feel the investigation continues to be on track and progressing toward finding Kyron. Every action we take is for the sole purpose of expediting the investigation and search for him and to bring him home as quickly as possible. Some actions can appear as distractions but our purpose, all efforts/actions, and our focus remain unwavered until he is home and safe.
Kaine are you able to confirm anything in the Oregonian story that was in the Sunday Paper that says it was discovered by police that Terri had attempted a Murder for Hire Plot?
We are unable to comment.
Do you receive daily briefings? If so, how are those briefings delivered to you?
Yes we receive daily briefings or more frequently as needed, the delivery method changes based upon participant locations.
What would you like to see happen in the investigation that hasn’t been thus far?
As Kyron’s family we have only one goal with the investigation, we only care about Kyron coming home to us soon.
Have you been asked to take polygraphs? If so, did you take them?
Yes, all 3 of us have taken polygraphs and passed. We have voluntarily undergone any and all sessions with law enforcement and will continue to do so, to bring Kyron home. We wake up every day and check in to proactively see what else we can do to help with the case and to find Kyron. We are relentless in this focus.