Various media outlets reported on Friday, June 18, that the criminal probe in the overall investigation into the disappearance of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman was focused on the boy’s stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman. The search for Kyron Horman entered its 14th day Friday with very few details of the investigation given to the press. However, blogs, articles, and talk shows have speculated since the beginning, many pointing the finger at stepmother Terri Moulton Horman without knowing anything about the case other than she was the last person who was known to have seen the boy before he vanished.
But as small details filtered in — such as Terri Moulton Horman goiing to the gym right after Kyron Horman disappeared and she didn’t post his picture on her Facebook page until the sixth day he was missing, even though she was on Facebook several times — more and more began to speculate that the stepmother knew more about the 7-year-old’s disappearance than she was admitting.
The stepmother claims she left Kyron Horman at Skyline Elementary School at 8:45 a.m. after going there with him to see the displays at the science fair. Police have noted that witnesses said they saw Kyron in the hallway around 9:00 a.m., but authorities have never divulged whether witnesses saw the boy with anyone else or not.
Even though most of the search efforts ended Sunday when Multnomah County officials announced at a press conference that the investigation had shifted its focus to the criminal aspect of the case, search teams and divers have not left the area around Sauvie Island. The Willamette Week Online reported Thursday that “federal, county and city law-enforcement officials say the reason for the search of Sauvie Island is that cell-phone records reveal Kyron’s step-mother, Terri Moulton Horman, may have been on the island the day he disappeared.”
Although the Willamette Week Online notes that none of the sources for their information are directly involved in the investigation, they do come from various law enforcement officials at county, state, and federal levels. They also agree that the focus had zeroed in on Terri Moulton Horman because there “problems with her story,” which doesn’t correlate with her cell phone records from the day Kyron Horman went missing.
Despite all the speculation, and the cell phone records notwithstanding, Multnomah County officials covered the stepmother’s behavior by saying at a press conference that they had asked the family to go about their normal affairs as if nothing had occurred. Of course, that does not mean that she isn’t the focus of their ongoing investigation.
It also does not mean that she is, either.
But many follow the logic put forth by HLN’s Nancy Grace Wednesday evening when she said, “I find it very difficult to believe that somebody came into that school, got the child and nobody saw a thing.”
Most do not believe it. From bloggers to profilers, many have said that the reason why no one saw anything out of the unusual at around 9:00 a.m. on June 4 is because nothing unusual occurred. Kyron Horman was at Skyline Elementary School with his stepmother. And if nobody saw the second-grader with another individual, adult or otherwise, it was because they didn’t see him with someone he was not expected to be with. Or he may have followed Terri Moulton Horman outside.
Or she may be innocent and another set of events and details surround the disappearance of Kyron Horman.
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“Nancy Grace,” CNN.com