Second-grader Kyron Horman was last seen at a science fair in his Portland area school June 4, and the stepmother, Terri Horman, is the last person known to have seen him alive.
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Observers say she's become the focus of the investigation police are carrying out, but she hasn't been officially named a suspect or person of interest.
The Oregonian reports Terri's high-profile lawyer, Stephen House, told it she's "been the subject of threats, considering what he called the 'media frenzy' and 'witch hunt' aimed at his client. He said there's been 'threats of harm routinely directed towards my client, which I take very seriously." '
Kyron's mother, Desiree Young, has told reporters she's "known (Terri) a long time. I know she's lying," about not knowing anything about the boy's fate.
Kyron's father, Kaine Horman, has moved out of the home he and Terri shared, filed for divorce, taken their young daughter with him, and obtained an order of protection. Under terms of a court settlement, Terri was reportedly ready to move out of that house.
Terri is said to have tried to hire the family landscaper to kill Kaine.
Then, numerous reports say, she began a texting relationship with a high school friend of Kaine's.
In a written response to questions, the Oregonian says Kaine told it Terri "vented her failed results to all family, friends, and law enforcement at the house" after flunking the first of two polygraph tests Kaine and Young say police gave Terri. Kaine and Young have said she also failed a second such test.
Despite all the family drama, authorities say they still have few leads, no suspects, and no sign of Kyron.
But his mother, Young says she "can't say it enough. Kyron is still out there and he needs to be home."