Mother of Kyron Horman dropping civil suit
PORTLAND, Ore. -- With "great disappointment," the mother of Kyron Horman said Tuesday she is dropping a civil suit against Terri Horman because she doesn't want it to jeopardize the police investigation.
"Because my civil case can't go forward without the police criminal investigation file, it's with great disappointment I make this difficult decision," Desiree Young told reporters.
Young was tearful as she spoke at the press conference outside the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland. She said in order for her lawyers to move forward with the suit, they need the police file -- which they can't have during an active police investigation.
Young originally filed the lawsuit in June 2012. In the suit she claimed that Horman was "responsible for the disappearance of Kyron" and that Horman's actions have "inflicted severe emotional distress."
Young said the decision to drop the civil case "does not mean I will give up looking for Kyron." She said Horman continues to be uncooperative and not give interviews to police.
"We all want to bring Kyron home and hold Terri accountable," she said. "I won't let my civil case get in the way."
Meanwhile, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that the Kyron Horman investigation remains active and a high priority for the office.
"Sheriff (Dan) Staton wants the citizens of Multnomah County to know this criminal investigation remains a high priority for the sheriff's office and that it will continue unimpeded. The integrity and security of the investigation remains foremost for this agency," the sheriff's office news release said.
Sooner after Young's press conference, we heard from Kyron's father, Kaine Horman. He said he's still hopeful his son will come home.
"I think we're all hoping for a breakthrough of some kind," he said. "We still have extreme confidence that they're going to drive resolution to this case."
Meanwhile, there was a huge breakthrough in the criminal investigation. Horman's good friend, Dede Spicher -- who previously refused to answer questions in court -- testified before an investigative grand jury in the past week or two.
"I hope she talks and shares everything she knows," Young said. "I'm optimistic."
No criminal charges have been filed in the case and the civil lawsuit was legally separate from any criminal case.
Young said she still plans to aggressively seek the whereabouts of her son.
"I'm not going away. I'm going to man a search for Kyron -- as many as I need to do," she said.
Young said she will work to improve Amber Alert policies as well as continue to work with law enforcement to establish Child Abduction Response Teams.
"I want to help improve those policies that were developed 12 years ago," she said.
Asked what's next for her, Young said: "Bring Kyron home. That's what's next for me."
Young had been using the civil suit to seek "the return of her son" plus $10 million in damages, according to the suit paperwork. Young said at the time, however, that she wasn't interested in the money and planned to donate it to causes that help families with missing children.