Dede Spicher, a friend of missing child Kyron Horman's stepmother, Terri Horman, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 142 times during recent testimony in a civil lawsuit, according to court documents.
The judge called Horman a "suspect" in an opinion filed as part of a civil case against Kyron's step-mother. It is, however, separate from any criminal investigation. Police and prosecutors have still not named any formal suspects in the two-year-old case.
A task force that has conducted more than 3,500 interviews and invested more than 26,650 hours investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old Oregon boy from his Portland area school one year ago is set to disband at the end of the month.