PORTLAND -- The mother of Kyron Horman announced a lawsuit Friday in connection with the disappearance of the child two years ago.
In a Friday news conference, Desiree Young was accompanied by her lawyer Eldon Rosenthal on the steps of the Justice Center.
"My Kyron has always been my comfort and my joy," Young said at the start of the conference. "He has always been the one who could tell when I needed a hug."
"I haven't been able to see my son, hug him, kiss him of tuck him into bed" in nearly two years, she said. "I hope that I am wrong, but I fear that he is gone forever, I believe that Terri Horman knows where my son is."
She said she believes the criminal justice will do its part, but until then she is filing a lawsuit against Terri Horman.
She asked that the court to compel Horman to tell her where Kyron is. She asked for money damages in the amount of $10 million, which will be dedicated to parents of other missing children.
Young filed two claims: One for custodial infererence and the other for intentional infliction of severe emotional distress.
"I want Terri to face justice," she said.
The lawsuit asserts that Horman kidnapped her stepson, Rosenthal said.
"I believe we will be able to prove what happened in this case," he added.
Kyron disappeared two years ago from Skyline grade school, leading to the largest search effort ever conducted in Oregon.
Kyron's stepmother, Terri Horman, was the last person to see Kyron alive, investigators said.
Horman has retained a lawyer for nearly two years and has refused to talk with detectives since then.
Nobody has been named a person of interest or a suspect in the case, but Young and Kyron’s father, Kaine Horman, have both said they believe Terri Horman had something to do with his disappearance.
Friday morning Multnomah County Chief Deputy Jason Gates said the case was still open, and tips were still coming in. He said detectives have not forgotten Kyron.
“We are in this profession because we care about our community. We care about people,” he said. “If there's a case I'd love to solve; it'd be this one."
Kaine Horman continues to spread the word about his son’s disappearance, nearly two years later. He planned to hold a series of running events, called “Run for Kyron," Saturday at Tigard's Cook Park.