PORTLAND, Ore. - The family of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman released a statement Thursday night and said police have identified a woman who has been in “close communication” with Terri Horman but is not cooperating with police.
Lt. Mary Lindstrand, spokeswoman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's office, said late Thursday night she could not comment on the family's statement.
In the statement, Kyron’s biological mother, Desiree Young, his stepfather Tony Young and his biological father, Kaine Horman, said DeDe Spicher, a friend of Terri Horman, has been in close contact with her since Kyron disappeared June 4.
The family said Spicher is “refusing to cooperate” with authorities and is giving “support and advice that is not in the best interests of our son.”
They also said that information given to them indicates that Spicher is suggesting to others, who may have information about Kyron’s disappearance, not to cooperate either.
In the statement they implore her to cooperate with law enforcement and said that if they find out she has impeded the investigation, they will pursue legal action against her.
Kyron’s family has also pleaded with Terri Horman to cooperate with investigators and say she is not doing so; however, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton said Thursday that Terri, who has moved to Roseburg, has “not refused” any requests from his investigators.
The family has also said that they think Terri is somehow involved with the disappearance of Kyron and Kaine Horman has said he thinks a third party is involved.
Terri Horman has refused to speak to the media about the investigation.
No suspects or persons of interest have been named in the case and no arrests have been made.
Spicher's home searched
The family’s statement comes hours after a KATU News source said that the homes of three of Terri Horman’s friends were searched last week. Two of the homes are in Tualatin and a third is at an undisclosed location. The source confirmed that one of the homes that was searched in Tualatin belongs to Spicher and that the FBI was involved in the search.
Spicher's home is at the Orchard Hills Condominium and the condominium association's chairman, Doug Ulmer, said investigators took Spicher’s computer and phone when they searched her unit.
He also said she was the chair of the association in 2007 and is now just a board member.
According to KATU’s source, investigators have interviewed people who saw Spicher the day Kyron disappeared and, according to multiple sources, investigators are trying to put pressure on Terri Horman's friends to tell them what they may know about this case.
No one answered the door at Spicher’s home when a KATU News reporter knocked on it Thursday night.
KATU News reporters Anna Song and Meghan Kalkstein contributed to this report.
Here is the statement released by Desiree and Tony Young, and Kaine Horman:
“We have been briefed by law enforcement on the most recent developments in Kyron’s case. We have been informed that they have identified a person that has been in close communication with Terri Moulton Horman since Kyron went missing and her name is DeDe Spicher. She has not only been in close communication with Terri but has been providing Terri with support and advice that is not in the best interests of our son. Additional information provided shows that she is refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, she is also going as far as to suggest to others that may have information regarding Kyron’s disappearance, not to cooperate as well. We implore DeDe Spicer (sic) to come forward and cooperate with the investigators in any way that they need in order to assist us in finding our son. We will state further that if we find out through the investigation that she caused a delay in us finding our son due to her lack of cooperation, we will pursue civil remedies in this matter.
“We as a family cannot understand how anyone can look at Kyron’s smiling face, having information and choose not to help bring him home. Please remember what this is about, it’s about bringing a wonderful little boy back to his family.”
Desiree, Tony, and Kaine