Authorities released a flyer with the family's support asking if anyone saw Terri Moulton Horman the day Kyron disappeared

By Eunice Oh
June 18, 2010 02:50 PM
Credit: FBI

As the search for Kyron Horman quietly ended this week, investigators are now looking at the 7-year-old’s stepmom, who is believed to be the last person seen with the boy, according to a report.

Terri Moulton Horman has inconsistencies in her account of what she was doing the day the second-grader disappeared, Willamette Week reports.

Authorities also sent out an online questionnaire asking if anybody had seen his stepmother or her pickup “at or near the school” the day he disappeared. The questionnaire includes photos of her and of a Ford F250 “similar to the one driven by Terri Horman.”

She had initially told police she watched Kyron walk to his classroom on June 4 after the two attended a science fair at Skyline Elementary in Portland, Ore. But law enforcement sources, who are not directly involved with the investigation, tell the local newspaper that Horman’s story does not match her cell phone records, which reportedly reveal she may have been on nearby Sauvie Island.

At a news conference on Friday, Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office said they were releasing the flyer after discussing it with the Horman family “in hopes that it jogs people’s memory of that day” Kyron disappeared.

Gates added that detectives and searchers are continuing to follow up on many leads, and that Terri Moulton Horman is depicted on the questionnaire because she was the “last person to have seen Kyron before he disappeared.”

“Any parent would understand the grief that this causes our family,” the Horman family said in a statement, which was read by Gates. “Please know that we fully support the release of this flyer and we want Kyron home and we hope that this will do that.”

Searchers started scouring Sauvie Island, which is about five miles away from Kyron’s elementary school, last week on horseback and helicopter and conducted property checks after officials expanded and intensified the search, The Oregonian reports.

Horman was not immediately available for comment.

Horman first raised eyebrows when she updated her Facebook page after Kyron’s disappearance to say she was “hitting the gym.” Skeptics believed it was not in character of a parent with a missing child but Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office officials said they had instructed the family to continue their normal routine and stay healthy.