Missing Kyron Horman of Portland, Ore. comes from a tight-knit, blended family, according to interviews from friends and family in an Oregonian report on OregonLive. The 7-year-old boy who disappeared after attending a school science fair with his step-mother on June 4th, has since been missing without a trace.
Kyron’s step-mom, Terri Moulton Horman, has been the primary focus and the public target of the second-grader’s unexplained disappearance. She was the last to see the boy walking down the hall to his classroom – he never made it. What are the family dynamics of Kyron Horman’s family?
Kyron Horman’s Family Dynamics – Four Parents Bonded Together
Kyron’s biological and step-parents have emerged together before cameras and the press during the few appearances they’ve given before the public over the disappearance of the young boy. They present themselves as strongly united, forming an image of an unwavering bond to get their Kyron back. How close are the parents and step-parents of the second-grader and when did it begin?
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – Why Kyron’s Biological Mother is So Far Away
According to The Oregonian report, Kyron’s mother, Desiree Young, went to Canada to undergo medical treatments for a serious illness. Kyron’s step-mother, Terri, was also a friend of Desiree, so she took Kyron under her care while Desiree was being treated.
Desiree married Kyron’s father, Kaine Horman, in 2000, but the marriage wouldn’t last very long. The two were going to separate until they learned Desiree was pregnant with Kyron, which led them to try again at the marriage. In August of 2002, Desiree filed for divorce while being eight months pregnant. The reason was due to irreconcilable differences.
Desiree gave birth to Kyron September 9, 2002. Kaine and Desiree weren’t divorced until 2003. Although Kaine and Desiree shared custody of their son, Kyron lived with Desiree most of the time until 2004. It was then she returned to Canada after suffering kidney failure.
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – Kyron Lives with Dad and Step-Mom
Kyron’s dad took him in full-time when Desiree had to seek further medical treatment. Kaine, 36, is an Intel engineer who works at the company’s Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro in the architectual group. When Kaine needed daycare for Kyron, Desiree’s friend, Terri moved in to help care for Kyron.
“Someone had to watch the baby,” said Kaine’s former sister-in-law, Amanda Howards. “Terri was her friend. She moved in just to help with the baby.”
James, Terri’s son now 16, was brought in as well.
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – Kyron’s Mom in Medford
Desiree returned to the U.S. two months after her treatment in Canada. With that, she had $30,000 in medical bills, resulting in her moving in with her parents in Medford to get them paid off. She didn’t regain custody of Kyron, however remained close to him. She and her new husband, Medford police Detective Tony Young, cared for Kyron every weekend.
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – Kaine and Terri Get Married
Kryon’s dad, Kaine still depended on Terri to take care of Kyron while he worked. They continued living under the same roof, but their relationship became more than care giving to the kids.
Kaine and Terri married at a beach in Kauai, the Garden of Isle of Hawaii in April of 2007. That year, Kaine surprised his bride with a new candy apple red Ford Mustang GT. Under the photos on Terri’s Facebook page, she wrote, “Something shiny for the driveway.” The caption also read, “Yes, Kaine is all that and a bag of chips!”
The ’07 Mustang had Terri’s vanity license plate of RDSQRL, a nickname symbolizing her long, thick red hair and being known as Red Squirrel.
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – a Family Who Does Everything Together
A little more than a year and a half after Kaine and Terri were married, they had a baby girl on Dec. 8, 2008, named Kiara. The Hormans are close and enjoy doing things together, according to friends and family.
Just some of the activities the Hormans have taken part in are playing board games, going bowling with friends, and taking trips. The family visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. in 2009, they went to Roloff Farm in Helvetia late last year where filming of the reality TV show, “Little People, Big World” is taped. Their latest adventure was at the Oregon Zoo, checking out the animals.
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – an Outsider’s View
Terri took Kyron to swimming lessons, along with James and Kiara. The swim instructor, Adam Farber, taught Kyron how to swim and worked on strokes with Terri’s son, James. Farber says of his experience with the Horman family,”They’re very nice people.”
In fact, Farber had no idea Kyron was Terri’s step-son until he went missing.
“They all fit in really well,” Farber told The Oregonian.
Kyron Horman Family Dynamics – Terri’s Excitement of Having a Baby Girl
Terri’s first husband, Ron Tarver, talked a little about his ex-wife. He’s the biological father of James and mentions he was a little surprised Terri sent him updates on her and Kaine’s new baby, Kiara. He thought it unusual because he wasn’t close to the family.
Tarver said Terri had always wanted a girl and bombarded friends and acquaintances with updates and photos of the baby. Her Facebook page was flooded with photos of baby Kiara.
In the past Ron Tarver and Terri Horman’s relationship involved swapping kids once a month at Shari’s Restaurant in Springfield. James would go with Tarver and his wife, and Kyron would go with Desiree and her husband.
The swap no longer occurs with Tarver. James has lived in Roseburg since March, however he first resided with his grandparents and now with his dad, Tarver. The reasons behind him being sent away are unclear.
In spite of the complicated living arrangements, the relationship of the parents has been cordial, according to Terri’s mother, Carol Moulton, whose been in Portland supporting her daughter and Kaine throughout the nightmare of missing Kyron Horman.
“It’s a tough deal,” Terri’s father in Roseburg, Larry Moulton, said. “There’s a lot of grilling. There’s a lot of pressure.”
Source: The Oregonian, OregonLive.com