Disturbing news surfaced in the case of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman in Portland, Oregon, as The Oregonian reported Sunday that Terri Moulton Horman, Kyron’s stepmother, allegedly hired a landscaper to kill Kyron’s father, her husband, several months before the second-grader disappeared. The Oregonian suggested that the reasons behind Kaine Horman, the father, filing for divorce last week and for the restraining order for his daughter was that Multnomah County investigators had told him about allegations made by a landscaper that Terri Moulton Horman had attempted to hire the man to kill her husband.
The landscaper, whose name was being withheld to protect his identity as a cooperating witness, told authorities that Terri Moulton Horman approached him six or seven months before the disappearance of Kyron Horman, an incident that launched one of the largest searches in Oregon history. The landscaper told investigators that Terri Moulton Horman offered him a large sum of money to carry out what The Oregonian described as a “murder-for-hire” scheme.
Investigators had contacted the landscaper after Kyron Horman went missing from Skyline Elementary School on June 4 in an effort to question everyone who had had some form of contact with the Horman family in the weeks leading up to the disappearance. Authorities had found it odd that Kaine Horman knew nothing about his wife’s plans to hire a landscaper.
Multnomah authorities confronted the stepmother with the allegations but she denied any involvement in a plot.
But when officials shared the story with Kaine Horman, he left his home and took his 19-month-old daughter with him. Two 911 calls were placed from the residence on June 26, the night Kaine Horman left. Although neither call was released to the public, the first was known to be a disturbance call but the second call, which lasted 13 minutes, was one concerning a custody issue.
Within two days, Terri Moulton Horman had been served with divorce papers. The restraining order was also granted. Such restraining orders are only granted if the petitioner can submit compelling evidence that there is an imminent threat of harm, which seems to have been amply presented in the alleged threat against Kaine Horman’s life and the missing child in the household.
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement later Sunday stating that the information reported by The Oregonian had not come from the Sheriff’s Office. The statement made no comment on the veracity of the report.
As the case entered its fifth week Friday, with much of the investigation (and the media) focusing on the stepmother, who was the last known person to see Kyron Horman the day he disappeared, it also seemed as if the three adults had closed ranks against the stepmother as well, asking her in a public statement to cooperate fully with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Terri Moulton Horman responded by hiring a defense attorney.
Multnomah County authorities have yet to name a person of interest or a suspect in the case.