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Stepmom Of Missing Oregon Boy Accused Of Stealing Gun

| by Denise Recalde

The stepmother of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman, who disappeared in 2010, has been charged with stealing a gun by California officials in an unrelated case. 

Terri Lynn Moulton, previously Horman, is being held for stealing a handgun from her male roommate in Marysville, California, the town she moved to from Portland, Oregon, the Daily Mail reports. 

She informed the media earlier this year of her decision to leave Portland due to the intense scrutiny she was facing as a result of her stepson's disappearance from a group of citizens she dubbed "the Haters."  

Moulton was the last person to have seen 7-year-old Kyron on June 4, 2010 when she dropped him off at his elementary school's science fair in Portland. The child was never seen or heard from again. 

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The stepmother was never regarded as a prime suspect in the Kyron disappearance case by police. 

Moulton's California roommate informed police his handgun disappeared from his safe in August 2015 and accused the woman of having swiped it, KGW reports. When Sacramento police questioned Moulton, they found the missing weapon among her possessions. 

In early July, Moulton was arrested and sent to Yuba County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of grand firearm theft after she did not appear in court for her arraignment in November 2015. 

Moulton made bail the same day and pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is set to be heard in court on Dec. 16, Oregon Live reports. 

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Byron's biological mother, Desiree Young, has long held Moulton responsible for her son's vanishing. Following Moulton's arrest in California, Young said the firearm charge "further reinforces the idea we have the right person.

"I think that her time is running out and I think that she knows that. We are getting closer and closer to her and I think that she should be scared," Young said.

On June 4, 2010, just after 8 a.m., Horman took Kyron to the Skyline Elementary School science fair. She snapped pictures of her stepson in front of his project and then reportedly left to run errands with her daughter, Kiara. 

At 2:30 p.m. that day, Terri and then-husband, Kaine Horman, went to pick up the second-grader at the bus stop but found out from the driver the 7-year-old hadn't shown up. 

The Horman couple then found out from the elementary school that Kyron hadn't attended class that day, despite his backpack and jacket being found in the classroom. By then, Kyron had been missing for six hours.

A wide-reaching search campaign was launched, but was unsuccessful. 

The couple separated some two months after Kyron disappeared and then divorced in 2013.

Sources: Daily Mail, KGW, Oregon Live / Photo credit: People via Reality Chatter

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