Lawsuit seeks to solve mystery of Kyrons disappearance
Mother and her attorney say they want court to compel answers in the case
Desiree Young, mother of Kyron Horman, wants a state court to do what she believes law enforcement has been unable to do for two years: Compel Terri Horman to help solve the mystery of her son's disappearance two years ago.
Young and Portland attorney Elden Rosenthal filed a $10 million lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court just three days short of the anniversary of Kyron's disappearance June 4, 2010. The lawsuit seeks an injunction forcing Horman to disclose the whereabouts of the boy - and whether he is dead or alive.
'My family and I are living through a nightmare most families will never fathom,' Young told reporters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. 'Monday marks two years of this nightmare. I hope that I am wrong but I fear that he is gone forever.'
Kyron has not been seen since that June morning when Terri Horman reportedly took him to Skyline School in northwest Multnomah County. He was 7 at the time.
An extensive several-day search of the area failed to turn up any sign of the missing child. Two years after the disappearance, the investigation into the case is being handled by a small team in the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Terri Horman has separated from Kyron's father, Kaine Horman. Both Kaine and Desiree have publicly accused Terri Horman of being responsible for Kyron's disappearance, although no one has been arrested or even named a person of interest in the case. Terri Horman has not been charged with any crime in connection with Kryon's disappearance.
Terri Horman's attorney, Stephen Houze, declined comment on the lawsuit or its merits. No court date has been set for the case.
Fighting back tears and wearing a button with a photo of her son pinned over her heart, Young told reporters that it was a painful path that led to the civil lawsuit against Horman. After a two-year wait for a criminal indictment, Rosenthal said it was time to proceed with a civil case.
'Ms. Young believes that Terri Horman eventually will face criminal charges for the disappearance of her son, but she also believes we need to move forward on this new front,' Rosenthal said.
Young told reporters that she believes Terri Horman knows what happened to her son. It's an accusation that she and Kaine Horman have made in the past.
Rosenthal said he was confident he would be able to uncover the mystery surrounding Kyron's disappearance, and that the $10 million would keep Horman from moving forward with her life.
Both Young and Rosenthal asserted that the Young would not accept any of the money if she wins the case, and that instead would dedicate the funds towards helping other families search for their missing children. The $10 million dollars in damages, Rosethal says, was agreed upon simply because the court required an amount, adding that no amount of money could truly be enough.
'Kyron, I will never stop, I will never give up,' Young said. 'I promise.'
Rosenthal said he would continue to press the case even if Terri Horman refused to testify.