“They without a doubt told me that ‘we’re gonna make your life a living hell if you don’t tell us what we want to know. We’re gonna destroy you, ‘ ” Horman said in a Good Morning America appearance – a joint ABC news and PEOPLE exclusive – of the cops who questioned her about Kyron’s disappearance more than five years ago.
She added: “And they sure did.”
A spokesperson for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says they will not comment on the details of the case due to it being an “active ongoing investigation.”
Kyron, then 7, went missing on June 4, 2010 after Horman took him to a science fair at his school in Portland, Oregon.
Horman has never been named a suspect in the case surrounding the boy’s disappearance but a cloud of suspicion has followed the 45-year-old. She believes the police fostered this suspicion within the investigation.
“I think that they had already settled on me to be their patsy,” Horman says. She adds that she told authorities, “‘You’re wasting your time on me, what are you doing to find my son?’ ”
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Horman has long held that she had nothing to do with her stepson’s disappearance.
“It hurts my heart to even be asked,” she said.
Horman insists she never lied to police and says she was abandoned by friends and family when she became the focus of the case.
“People can say what they want about me. I really don’t care,” she says. “My purpose is to find my son, to get my daughter back, to get my life back in order – in that order.”
She says she believes Kyron is still alive and she longs to see her 7-year-old daughter, Kiara, who is in the custody of Kyron’s father, Kaine.
“I’ve missed every moment with you,” she says. “I’m so sorry.”
She previously told PEOPLE that she is often overcome with “What-ifs” about that fateful day more than five years ago.
“What if? All those what-ifs. What if I had gotten ready faster? What if we had done something sooner?” she said. “What if I had stayed for the whole fair and not left early?”
She added: “I wish I could go back to that day and do something different.”
Anyone with any information about Kyron’s disappearance is encouraged to call 1-800-843-5678.