The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Friday where they passed out fliers with questionnaires attached that ask students, parents, teachers, and visitors that were at Skyline Elementary School on Friday, June 4, the day 7-year-old Kyron Horman disappeared, if they remember Terri Moulton Horman, his stepmother, being there. The questionnaire also asks if anyone saw a white Ford F-250 truck that Kyron Horman’s stepmother was believed to have driven that day. According to KPTV in Portland, there are several more questions, all designed to jog the memory of any who may have seen something that could lead Multnomah County authorities to finding the young boy.
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Gates told reporters, “In developing leads, sometimes in jogging people’s memories, it’s other things about that day or what was going on around them that will jog that memory.”
Although there has been considerable speculation as to who might be involved in the Kyron Horman’s disappearance, much of it centered around the stepmother, police were quick to inject that Terri Moulton Horman was not a suspect.
But many following the Kyron Horman case believe that, despite public statements stating otherwise, police are focusing on the stepmother. Several aspects of the case have led many to think the stepmother might be involved in the 7-year-old’s disappearance, beginning with her having been the last or one of the last people to see the second-grader.
Terri Moulton Horman says she left Kyron at his school on June 4 after taking him in early to view projects at a science fair. She told police she had hugged him and watched him walk toward his classroom, then turned and headed home. She didn’t know that he was missing until he didn’t get off the bus that afternoon.
According to Skyline Elementary School, Kyron Horman never made it to class.
Speculators find Terri Moulton Horman’s behavior odd for someone who supposedly is shaken by the disappearance of someone close to them. She posts upbeat messages on her Facebook account and talks about working out at the gym just after young Kyron vanished. She also did not post an photo of Kyron until Day 6 of his disappearance, while all family members posted his likeness on the first day he disappeared.
Multnomah County officials answered speculation into Horman’s odd behavior by telling the public that it was due to their telling the family to act normal and keep about their regular routine.
But no one understood the reasons behind the family remaining silent for a week before personally issuing statements at a press conference. Again, Mutlnomah County authorities supplied reasons for the Horman family’s behavior by stating that the family wished to deal with the incident in private. Police also noted that the family was cooperating and helping in search efforts for the missing boy.
Gates also noted that a lot of online speculation and information about the case was misleading, inaccurate, and sometimes completely false. He asked that the public remember that careless use of information could hurt their investigation, not to mention the damage done to the family of Kyron Horman.
But one blog, the Willamette Week Online, noted Thursday that several law enforcement sources said that the investigation had begun to focus on Kyron Horman’s stepmother because of inconsistencies in her story as to where she was that day. According to the blog, cell phone records placed Terri Moulton Horman on Sauvie Island that day.
Search teams and divers have been searching the Sauvie Island area for a week, continuing even after Multnomah County officials called off most of the physical ground searches on Sunday, announcing that they were shifting their focus in the investigation to a criminal probe. Blink On Crime reported that their law enforcement sources said dive teams were being advised to look for a container, such as a suitcase or duffle bag.
There was also speculation as to the white truck perhaps containing clues or potential evidence. It was towed from the Horman property earlier in the week, but Lt. Gates said that the truck had been towed for “mechanical reasons.”
“We aren’t in a position to talk about suspects,” Gates said.
Still, just because the truck may have originally been towed from the property for “mechanical reasons,” that does not mean that police had not impounded it since or searched it at some later time.
And just because Multnomah County authorities say that Terri Moulton Horman isn’t a suspect does not mean they aren’t investigating her.