Posted: Jun 1, 2011
The mother of Kyron Horman says in the weeks leading up to his disappearance, life inside his home was falling apart and he was becoming his stepmother's target.
Kyron vanished from Skyline School almost one year ago. Investigators say he was last seen by his stepmother, Terri Horman, at an early-morning science fair.
Desiree Young, Kyron's mother, said she believes Terri Horman took Kyron from the school and then set a plan in motion to get rid of him.
"I think that it was one of those things where everything worked out that day, but if something had derailed her, I think she would have given up what she was doing. But I think because everything fell in line, she continued with her plan, her checklist," Young said.
Young and her husband, Tony Young, live in Medford and before he went missing, Kyron's homebase was in Portland with his father, Kaine Horman, and Terri Horman.
Young said that Terri Horman blamed the boy for her troubles.
"She blamed Kyron for a lot of her and Kaine's marital problems. She blamed Kyron for a lot of stuff that was going on in the house. It was becoming very tense and it all came down to the weekend. It came down to that day and she was very angry," Young said.
Large-scale ground and aerial searches followed in the days after June 4. Local, state and federal agents joined in the effort to find the boy, but never disclosed whether they found any clues to Kyron's whereabouts.
The criminal investigation has since been reshaped into a task force, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
No one has been named a suspect or person of interest in the case, although the investigation has focused on Terri Horman.
Over the past year, Young has voiced her belief that Terri Horman was involved in the disappearance and lied to investigators.
Young said Terri Horman told her something chilling after failing her first polygraph test.
"I was sitting in the recliner in the living room and she leaned over the chair and said, 'I want you to know, I loved your son.' And I flipped out. I told Tony, ‘You better get me out of this house or I'm going to kill her," Young said.
On June 28, Kaine Horman filed for divorce and a restraining order against Terri Horman. Terri Horman has since moved in with her parents in Roseburg.
Young admits she drives through Roseburg to keep an eye on Terri Horman, and has even held candlelight vigils in front of the home.
FOX 12 stopped by Terri Horman's parents' house in Roseburg but no one answered the door.
Until there is proof to the contrary, Young said she will always have hope that Kyron is alive. But she is prepared for the worst.
"I pray every day that he comes home. I want him to walk through that door. I want to hold him again. I want to make it all OK. But I think that Terri, the way she felt and what she put in writing, I really don't see her letting him live. I don't anymore," Young said.
Now, nearly a year later, Young focuses on raising money for searches and keeping her son in the public's eye.
She said she never thought she would go this long without an answer.
"I expected to get that phone call on the way up there that night. I expected them to find him within minutes," Young said. "Yeah, it makes me angry and there are days I don't feel like I can make it without him. But I have to because if I don't, who's going to?"