Police say that the chances of finding a missing person are greatest during the first 48 hours after their disappearance. After that, their case starts to grow cold. Sometimes the missing person is presumed dead. At other times, theories develop that keep their loved ones guessing — and hoping. This is true of Maura Murray, who disappeared 13 years ago after emailing her college professors that she was taking time off due to a death in the family. Turns out, there was no death. Oxygen’s “The Disappearance of Maura Murray,” premiering Sept. 23 at 8:15/7:15c, sheds light on unexplored leads.
Kyron Horman was just 7 years old when he went missing on June 4, 2010. He didn’t return home from his home in Portland Oregon.
His stepmother, Terri Horman, brought him to school that morning and stayed with him while he attended a science fair. She said she left the school at about 8:45 a.m. and that she last saw Kyron walking down the hall to his first class. But his teachers say they never saw him. He was marked absent for the day, having never made it to his first class.
While Kyron's disappearance was investigated, Rodolfo Sanchez, a landscaper for Terri, claimed she asked him to kill her husband Kaine Horman, as reported by KATU2 and The Oregonian. Kaine is Kyron’s biological father. Terri reportedly approached the landscaper about murdering her husband five months before the boy went missing, but police never filed charges because there was no evidence to prove that claim. Kaine did file for divorce from Terri. He also obtained a restraining order against her.
Kyron's mother, Desiree Young, believed that Terri had something to do with her son’s disappearance. She filed a lawsuit against her claiming that she is responsible for his disappearance. But she dropped the lawsuit in 2013, citing fears that it would jeopardize the police investigation into Kyron’s whereabouts.
Nobody has ever been named a person of interest in the boy’s disappearance. However, there is recent evidence suggesting there’s increased activity surrounding the investigation and that there may be new leads. Law enforcement is still actively searching for Kyron, and are conducting ground searches.
His mother, Desiree, spoke to KGW about the search for her son.
A $50,000 award has been offered to anyone who has information that leads to the resolution of Kyron’s case.
Terri has maintained that she had nothing to do with Kyron’s vanishing.
“I need people to know I did not harm my son,” she said during a national television interview on ‘Dr. Phil’ in September.
Although, some have their doubts.
“I personally believe the stepmom has something, some knowledge of what happened to Kyron,” said John Walsh, victim’s rights advocate, in an interview with KGW.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call (503)-988-0560.