The mysterious case of a missing Oregon boy is growing in intensity -- more than two years later. Seven-year-old Kyron Horman went missing in 2010. Now, his stepmother Terri Horman is named the primary suspect and Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young, is suing her for $10 million.
While Terri Horman has always been a suspect in the case, she had never been the "primary" one. Judge Henry Kantor labeled her exactly that despite her clean criminal record, and he also added that the lawsuit against her could proceed.
The boy disappeared on June 4, 2010, after attending a science fair at his Portland school. Horman reportedly attended the fair and last saw him as he was walking to his class.
Kyron never made it to class, and when his bus didn't drop him off after school, his parents called 911 and reported him missing. The police department has spent a total of 28,000 hours searching for him.
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In Judge Kantor's ruling, he wrote: 'Witnesses and evidence may disappear. Memories may fade. The opportunity to find Kyron alive or dead, lessens.'
When Kyron went missing, Young told East Idaho News that she believed Terri Horman knew where her son was. "I believe that [she] is responsible for where my son is," Young said.
In the suit Young filed against Horman, she asked the judge to order Horman to return Kyron or reveal where his remains are located.
The suit also accuses Horman of kidnapping Kyron from Skyline Elementary.
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said that the case would be separate from the criminal investigation. The statement said: 'While there may be rulings regarding the court's opinions as to how the case may proceed, these rulings/legal opinions are part of the civil court case. The civil case is a process that is independent of the active, on-going criminal investigation being conducted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Young's attorney explained that the lawsuit would be on a "parallel track" with the criminal investigation.
Horman thinks the lawsuit is a "quest for information to move the criminal investigation forward and to taint any jury pool."
Because lawsuits have a lower requirement for proof when compared to criminal charges, the likelihood of Young winning the case is higher.
Horman's attorney said the "burden on Horman of being required to participate in this lawsuit before the district attorney and police have completed their investigation squarely jeopardizes her constitutional rights."
After Horman split from Kyron's father, he had filed a restraining order against her and divorced her. The two have a toddler together.
In 2010, Young told Good Morning America that the disappearance of Kyron was "a parent's worst nightmare."
Young said, "We've racked our brains trying to think of reasons why. We cannot come up with anything. It's like a portal opened up in the school and Kyron just vanished into it. It's a mystery."