PORTLAND, Ore. -- DeDe Spicher, identified as aclose friend of Terri Moulton-Horman, was doing gardening work not far from the Horman family home in Northwest Portland on the day her step-son, 7-year-old Kyron Horman, disappeared, KGW has learned from a reliable source. Spicher reportedly left where she was working at 11:15 a.m. on June 4 and returned around 1 p.m.

The person who owns the house where Spicher lives, who is cooperating with investigators, told investigators she called Spicher on her cell phone but she didn't answer, the source told KGW. A person who was working with Spicher,who is also cooperating with investigators, told them of trying to unsuccessfully find Spicher. Both people have told investigators they have no idea where Spicher was during that period of time.

Sources tell KGW that police searched Spicher's home last week. Spicher has known Terri and Kaine for about seven years.

Family pleads withSpicher to cooperate

Thursday evening, the parents of Kyron Horman issued a public plea to DeDe Spicher, naming her in a written statement that said police have informed them Spicher has been in close communication with Terri since Kyron went missing, and that Spicher has been providing Terri with support and advice that is not in the best interests of our son.

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The statement from the family went on to say that police tell the family Spicher 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.

The family statement implored Spicher to tell what she knows about Kyron's disappearance, and threatens the possibility of civil action if she does not. Read: Family statement

Earlier Thursday, KGWlearned from sources that police have searched Spicher'shome and the homes oftwo other friends of Terri Moulton Horman's in the past week. More: 3 homes searched

Complete coverage: Search for Kyron Horman

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