Law enforcement got “stuck” on Terri because, in spite of their best efforts, they could not eliminate her.
Kyron Richard Horman, 7-years-old, was missing. They were trying to find him. It’s standard procedure for law enforcement to run interviews simultaneously. They continued their interviews—checking and re-checking details—for months. Most parents and/or stepparents don’t whine over being interviewed. They want to cooperate with law enforcement and (among other things) take the helpful tool--that dang, waste-of-time, good-for-nothing polygraph--so they can be eliminated as a suspect and help law enforcement find their child. As Kaine did; as Desiree did; as Tony did.
Surely you see how this is a bad thing? Polygraphs don't work. Was it helpful and useful to make Gary Ridgway take (and pass) a polygraph? It certainly allowed LE to eliminate him as a suspect and allow him to murder forty more victims.
Should the police also employ astrologers? Eliminating suspects based on their horoscopes is just as scientific as polygraphs, and probably faster and cheaper too.
I don't for a minute believe Kaine, Desiree or Tony had anything to do with the abduction. But that certainty has nothing to do with their polygraph results nor their willingness to take one.
On June 18, 2010, law enforcement officially announced that Terri was the last known person to be seen with Kyron and they released the first poster with two images of her face on it seeking the public’s help in uncovering what she had done with Kyron after they left the school together.
After that date, law enforcement never retracted their statement that Terri was the last known person to be seen with Kyron.
Yep, at this point the investigation effectively stopped being an investigation. It all becomes an exercise in breaking Terri - one that completely failed.
I believe a neighboring friend of Terri’s, the grandmother of one of the witnesses, kept that child’s name in the media by saying things to the media the child had never said to law enforcement or perhaps had never said at all. A public request from law enforcement requesting “copies of any video interviews with students, parents or others” seemed to squelch the media’s participation, albeit not the “Terri” driven social media.
Is the implication here that the grandmother, perhaps on behest of Terri, made her grandson TP say exculpatory things about the events of the day? That's an opinion, I suppose, but I've seen the footage, and there is nothing there that would make me think so.
TP's story is simple and straightforward. He saw Terri leave. He saw Kyron by himself in the upstairs hall. They exchanged words. They split up. From the context, this has to be after 8:45, since Kyron was alone and not with Terri. Kyron's statement - that he was going to look at an exhibit - further matches the testimony of TK who saw Kyron in the gym with friends (the gym was where the older classes had their setups). Again, looking at exhibits.
And TP's tale of the statement between the chaperone and ms Porter also makes sense - the kids were indeed in groups led by chaperones and they were gathering back in their classrooms at 9:45. It also explains why Kyron wasn't marked absent at 8:45 - as he should have been if indeed Terri had told ms Porter she was taking him to an appointment - but at 10, when it became clear he wasn't coming back from the bathroom. Basically, TP's accounts fit with what we know.
Diligent, certainly, but given my personal theory, likely futile. I'm guessing this sex offender was neither in the register, nor in the area.
Snipped quote: [July 6, 2010] Terri Horman, failed polys, cell phone records not matching, examination of files from her computer:
The reliable source also told KGW News that investigators believe that Terri has lied to investigators and that there have been several instances where they have wanted to know more about her whereabouts the day her stepson disappeared, including:
* After cell phone records seemed to indicate that she may not have been where she said on that day.
Funny how this one ended up being wrong. Turns out her ping wouldn't place her only on Sauvie Island but somewhere in the entire surrounding area - including hwy 30 where she always claimed to have been. What a difference some time makes.
* After her performance during several hours of polygraphs which, the source said, indicated that she was being "evasive"; and
Snipped quote: [December 10, 2010] The task force has identified 490 people who were present.
...and they're asking if there's anyone they've missed. In December of 2010.