Judge agrees to delay civil suit against Terri Horman

PORTLAND, Ore. - A judge has delayed the civil suit filed by Kyron Horman's mother, Desiree Young, against the boy's step-mother, Terri Horman.

Judge Henry Kantor made the ruling last week following a request from Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Shrunk.

Shrunk wrote in his request that information from the civil case could jeopardize their ongoing investigation into Kyron's disappearance.

Sources close the investigation speaking on the condition of anonymity said investigators have made recent progress on two fronts, both expanding on leads and developing new information about the case.

The sources said investigators argued that airing that information in a civil case could hurt the investigation.

Kyron disappeared from his Northwest Portland elementary school in June 2010. Despite a large-scale investigation, there have yet to be any criminal charges filed related to the case.

In the civil suit, Young accuses Horman of kidnapping Kyron, saying she is "responsible for the disappearance of Kyron."

In requesting that the civil case be put on hold and the related documents be sealed, Shrunk argued that the moves were "in the best interest of justice" and will "preserve the integrity of the investigation and promote the safety of the witnesses involved."

Elden Rosenthal, Desiree Young's lawyer, would not comment except to say that we can expect a statement on Wednesday from Judge Kantor about his ruling.

Calls to the district attorney's office have not yet been returned.

Earlier this year, Kantor had refused a motion from Terri Horman to delay the trial. She had argued that facts in the case could lead to criminal charges and could violate her right to not incriminate herself.