PORTLAND, Ore. – Up until this point we haven't heard her speak publicly. Now, in an open letter to a missing boy, the birth mother of Kyron Horman put her thoughts into words.
"I miss you every second of every day," wrote Desiree Young in her open letter to Kyron. "I would give my life for yours. I just want you back safe."
Until now we have only seen Young sobbing as part of the family press conferences, including one as the search entered day 7 for her missing 7-year-old biological son. The letter made national news Monday, with the story covered everywhere from "The Today Show" to CNN to public-media blogs.
The news of the letter comes as investigators review 200+ questionnaires collected Sunday from Skyline Elementary students and parents – asking about the day Kyron disappeared, about the family's white pick-up truck and about Kyron's stepmother, Terri Horman.
Terri's friend, Jaymie Finster, went on "Good Morning America' to describe Terri as a "devoted stepmother" who is frustrated with rumors. She said Terri has been Kyron's primary caregiver since he was just three days old.
Though Young is not Kyron's custodial parent, she does have visitation. KATU's investigation turned up that she has visitation to see him at least twice per month.
Also in the open letter Young wrote: "I am sorry that I was not there to protect you. I will never be able to forgive myself for being so many hours away when you needed me the most."
She went on to say that "nighttime is always hard for me. I miss you so much and want you back here so that I can protect you from all of the horrible things in this world. I just can't believe that you aren't still with us."
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