Missing Oregon Boy's Stepmom Hires Prominent Defense Attorney

07/01/2010 at 07:15 AM EDT

Missing Oregon Boy's Stepmom Hires Prominent Defense Attorney
Kyron Horman and Terri Horman
FBI; Landov
Terri Horman, stepmom to missing 7-year-old Kyron, has hired a prominent criminal defense attorney, nearly a month after the boy went missing from his Oregon school.

Horman, 40, has been secluded inside her Skyline Ridge community home about 15 miles outside Portland since her husband, Kaine, filed for divorce and served her with a restraining order on Monday.

On Wednesday afternoon, a caravan of cars – that included her father – was seen leaving her home. Horman was not seen among them, but was spotted returning to her residence around 5:30 p.m. with Stephen A. Houze, who has been practicing law for 35 years.





According to Houze's Web site, his "practice covers a wide spectrum of serious criminal matters, ranging from death penalty defense, a major federal terrorism case, white collar fraud and environmental cases, drug cases, sexual assault cases, and professional discipline matters."

Horman has not spoken publicly about what happened on June 4 after she attended a science fair with Kyron. She told investigators she waved goodbye to Kyron as he walked to his classroom. That was the last time anyone saw the boy.

Kyron's parents Kaine and Desiree Young, along with her husband Tony, are conducting a press conference Thursday morning.

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