Kaine Horman keeps hope alive as Kyron case hits 2-year mark

PORTLAND, Ore. - Monday marks the 2-year anniversary of the disappearance of Kyron Horman.

Kyron was 7 years old when he was last seen at a pre-class science fair at Skyline Elementary School on the outskirts of Portland on the morning of June 4. One of the largest manhunts in Oregon history failed to find him.

Investigators said Kyron's stepmother, Terri Horman, was the last person to see him the day he disappeared. Terri claims she saw him walking into school on the day he went missing. He was photographed with his science exhibit, which was about tree frogs, the morning he disappeared.

Terri Horman has not been named by investigators as a suspect or a person of interest in the case. No arrests have been made.

Kyron was marked as absent from his first class and then did not get off the school bus at the end of the school day about eight hours later. Search efforts began a short time later and eventually involved numerous local law enforcement agencies, volunteers and the FBI.

Since that time, Terri Horman has become a focal point in the investigation. Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young, filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against Terri Horman this past week claiming that she is "responsible for the disappearance of Kyron."

Young's lawyer, Elden Rosenthal, said he intends to use subpoena power to uncover new evidence about the case, including emails and text messages.

During the investigation into Kyron's disappearance, investigators told Kaine Horman that Terri had allegedly taken out a contract with a landscaper to have him killed in the months before Kyron disappeared.

Following an investigation into the plot, Terri was not charged with any crimes but Kaine divorced Terri, moved out with their daughter and got a restraining order against her a short time later. Terri later hired a high-profile lawyer to represent her.

Terri then moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where she lives today. Investigators said the Kyron Horman case remains open and active. Kaine Horman has told KATU News in the past that he thinks Kyron is still alive and out there somewhere.

This past Saturday, Kaine Horman and many others gathered at Tigard's Cook Park for the second annual Run for Kyron. Kaine said such events help keep the search for Kyron alive.

"That's our focus right now, is Kyron, here locally as a community and a state," he said. "We hope to continue to do this [Run for Kyron] yearly even after he comes home."

More than 100 people signed up to participate in the event. Kaine said he hopes that, eventually, the event will be called the Run with Kyron.