Two years later father acts on belief Kyron is still alive

Two years later father acts on belief Kyron is still alive

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Kaine Horman looks over the items still hanging on his son's Wall of Hope.

"There's some stuff that's been here since the beginning," he says. "I remember seeing this (hat) when the wall was still up at Skyline."

Monday marked the two-year anniversary since 7-year-old Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline Elementary School in Northwest Portland. Kaine says he's not giving up hope that his son will be found and returned home.

"I think on the outside looking in it feels like a long time," Kaine says. "For us it has gone by so fast, I can't even describe it, it seems like he just went missing yesterday."

It would be easy to look at the Wall of Hope dedicated to his son and see only a hope that's fading. The wall is a place where people have left notes and gifts in Kyron's honor. But there are mementos from multiple holidays, including Valentine's Day, Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter – the countless moments Kaine has missed with his son.

"It's a reminder for me of where we were and what we've been through," he says.

But if you only focused on what's worn and weather beaten, you might overlook the hope that still burns in the heart of a father who refuses to give up. He's encouraged by the work still being done to find Kyron.

"We're working on a 2-year age-progression photo right now," Kaine says. "And it's just reminders like that that he's not the same."

That photo was released by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on the second anniversary of Kyron's disappearance. It depicts what he may look like as a 9-year-old.

Kaine Horman not only speaks as if his son is still alive, he acts on that belief.

"I don't know if it was a good thing to do right now or not as far as emotionally but we went out shopping for new clothes yesterday," he says. "We looked at what a 10-year-old would wear versus what a seven and a half year old would wear and compare it with what you have at home. He's grown. He looks different. He's acting different."

Kaine Horman is completely on board with the civil lawsuit filed against his estranged wife, Terri Horman, by his ex-wife Desiree Young, claiming custodial interference regarding Kyron.

The lawsuit alleges Terri Horman kidnapped Kyron and Young is seeking $10 million. She wants Terri Horman to reveal where Kyron or his remains are now.

"I think at this point in time, the gloves are off so to speak," Kaine says. "You can say, 'Why weren't they off last year?' We were waist deep in a lot of technical detail on an ongoing investigation, and we thought we were going to get some things that were going to break it, and we didn't. And so here we are and continue to take the approach of whatever we need to do that fits within that box of not jeopardizing what's currently going on."

Terri Horman was the last known person to see Kyron after dropping him off at the school's science fair June 4, 2010. She has not been named a suspect or even a person of interest in the case. There have been no arrests.

Kaine says until the investigative team sits him down and tells him to stop trying, until he sees hard evidence to the contrary, he'll continue operating as if Kyron is just moments from coming home. It's how he copes.

"For me in order to endure this, I need to do it so I can keep pace of who he is now while I have the memories of who he was when he went missing," he says.