Kyron Horman: Who is responsible for boy’s 2010 disappearance?

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Kyron Horman, 7, disappeared from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Kyron attended and participated in the school science fair earlier that morning. His stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, had driven him there. She claims she left the school at 8:45 a.m. and watched Kyron walk down the hallway toward his classroom. Gina Zimmerman, president of the PTA, saw Kyron and Horma at 8:15 a.m. at his science fair station.

When school started at 10:00 a.m., Kyron was not in his classroom. His homeroom teacher, Kristina Porter, assumed he was at a doctor’s appointment and marked him absent, even though there was no official note or call from Kyron’s father, Kaine Horman, with whom he resided in 2010.

After leaving the school, Horman said she returned to her white Ford F-250 truck and headed to Albertson’s and Fred Meyer for grocery shopping until about 10:10 a.m. An acquaintance from the gym she belonged to spoke with Horman at Fred Meyer. She was alone at this time.

Between 10:10 a.m. and 11:39 a.m., Horman drove her toddler around to use the vehicle’s motion to soothe the little girl’s earache. She then went to a local gym and worked out until about 12:40 p.m. By 1:21 p.m., she arrived home and began posting photos of Kyron at the science fair on Facebook.

At 3:30 p.m., Horman and Kaine Horman met at Kyron’s bus stop. It wasn’t until June 25, 2010, that the public knew they were together at that moment. The Hormans discovered Kyron had been absent all day and was not on the bus. Horman asked the bus driver to call the school to tell them Kyron was missing.

At 3:45 p.m., Skyline school secretary, Susan Hall, called 9-1-1 to report Kyron missing.

A massive search and investigation began but did not uncover any evidence of Kyron’s whereabouts.

Terri Horman. Photo credit:
Terri Horman. Photo credit:

It was only a short time until the police focused entirely on Horman. She took two polygraph tests and failed. Cell phone towers pinged her phone in a different location than where she claimed to be that day. Her cell phone showed she had been on Sauvie Island, five miles from the school, which led authorities to do a massive search of the island; however, they found no trace of Kyron.

Kyron’s parents accused Horman’s friend, De De Spicher, of helping Horman with Kyron’s disappearance. Police investigated Spicher, but she was not charged with a crime, nor was Horman. However, Spicher was unaccounted for from 10:10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the day Kyron went missing.

I have also read reports where Spicher was off the grid from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m., so I don’t know which is correct. Nobody could reach her or knew of her location during this time.

Spicher passed a polygraph test and was no longer considered a suspect in Kyron’s disappearance.

Kyron resided with Horman and Kaine Horman after his biological mother, Desiree Young, returned custody following a kidney illness. (I have also read the couple shared custody of Kyron)

Kaine Horman & Desiree Young at press conference
Kaine Horman & Desiree Young. Photo Credit:

In 2012, Young filed a lawsuit against Horman, which was later dropped in 2013. Also, in 2013, the Horman’s divorce was finalized.

In August 2014, Horman made a court request to change her name to Claire Kisiel. Kisiel is her birth name. She was turned down and made a second request to change her name as of this writing. The hearing was scheduled for December 11, 2014, but Horman withdrew the petition.

Four years later, Kyron is still missing, and his parents continue their search for him.


Mazama528 December 28, 2014 - 1:07 PM


Interesting blog post regarding Kyron Horman. I am a blogger who writes primarily about his case. Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions regarding this investigation and the people involved.

Thanks for the read, hope to hear back from you.

truecrimediva December 29, 2014 - 8:49 AM

Hi there! Sure, I’d love to! You can email me at


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