PORTLAND, Ore. -- The birth parents of a missing 7-year-old Portland boy are pleading with a reported friend of the boy's stepmother to cooperate with investigators.
Kaine Horman and Desiree Young said Thursday they have been told by police that the stepmother, Terri Horman, has been getting advice not in the best interests of our son from a woman named DeDe Spicher.
Little Kyron Horman vanished June 4 after a science fair at his elementary school. His stepmother is the last person known to have seen him. She has not been named a suspect or person of interest.
The Oregonian on Thursday quoted a neighbor of Spicher named Kyle Gilpin, who said he returned from work on July 15 to find men wearing FBI jackets at Spicher's condominium.
They were in and out of her condo, Gilpin told the newspaper.
Spicher did not immediately respond to an Associated Press e-mail request for comment. No phone number could be found for her.
(Spicher) has not only been in close communication with Terri but has been providing Terri with support and advice that is not in the best interests of our son, the boy's biological parents wrote in their statement, which was also signed by the boy's stepfather, Tony Young, a Medford police detective. Additional information provided shows that she is refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, she is also going as far as to suggest to others that may have information regarding Kyron's disappearance, not to cooperate as well.
Multnomah County sheriff's spokeswoman Mary Lindstrand declined to comment on the newspaper report or the family's e-mail.
The family members also said in the statement that they will consider civil remedies against Spicher if she caused a delay in finding Kyron.
The accusation from Kyron's family comes more than a month after investigators deemed his disappearance a criminal matter. Kaine Horman filed for divorce from Terri Horman about two weeks later. He also sought a restraining order in which he said he believes Terri Horman was involved in the disappearance.
Kaine Horman and Desiree Young have since publicly urged Terri Horman to cooperate with investigators.
On Thursday, Multnomah County commissioners approved District Attorney Michael Schrunk's request for an extra $196,000 for his office's investigation into Kyron's disappearance.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton told commissioners the case has so far cost $365,000 and said investigators have seized 200 sets of records and are sifting through the 3,000 leads that have been generated.
The sheriff said that Terri Horman, who has moved 175 miles away to Roseburg, has not refused any requests from his detectives. Her lawyer, Stephen Houze, has not returned repeated calls for comment in the case.