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Kyron's mother drops lawsuit against Terri Horman

by: KOIN LOCAL 6 - Desiree Young answers reporters' questions outside the Justice Center in Portland on Tuesday.Desiree Young, the mother of missing Kyron Horman, said Tuesday morning that she has dropped a lawsuit that she hoped would force the boy’s stepmother, Terri Horman, to reveal what she knows about his disappearance.

At a news conference on the steps of the Multnomah County Justice Center, an emotional Young said that going forward with the lawsuit would interfere with the criminal investigation, something she was not willing to do.

“In order for my lawyers to move forward with the case at this point, it would be necessary for them to seek access to the police criminal investigation files,” Young said. “My lawyers have advised me that the Oregon Public Records Disclosure Law does not provide the release of ongoing police investigation files.”

Young filed the $10 million lawsuit in June 2012 in Multnomah County Circuit Court. In December, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Henry Kantor delayed the suit on the grounds that it could also impact the criminal investigation.

“I don’t want anything to compromise the ongoing investigation for Kyron,” Young said Tuesday. “For these reasons, I have instructed my attorneys to dismiss the civil case.”

In April, Kantor also delayed the divorce hearing between Kaine, Kyron’s father, and Terri Horman, for similar reasons. The Multnomah County district attorney’s office supported the request. In his brief one-sentence order, Kantor cited his ruling in Young’s civil lawsuit.

Young’s attorney Elden Rosenthal told reporters that the DA’s office did not pressure her to drop the lawsuit. However, Rosenthal said prosecutors told her lawyers “they do not wish” to release the files.

“There is a pending divorce as you are aware between Kaine and Terri Horman, they’re not willing to release the files in that case either,” Rosenthal said. “Judge Kantor has instructed us, at the early stages, when we were working on this last year, not to make any requests for documents from Mrs. Horman because of her Fifth Amendment rights.”

Kyron Horman, then 7, disappeared June 4, 2010, from Skyline School in Northwest Multnomah County, launching the largest search in state history. Since that time, the county sheriff's office has scaled back a task force working on the boy's disappearance.