Hints of progress came after prosecutors suddenly convinced a judge to put a halt to a civil suit brought by Kyron's biological mother, Desiree Young. Prosecutors claimed the suit could hurt their investigation.
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.
Kyron was marked as absent from his first class and then did not get off the school bus at the end of the school day about eight hours later. Search efforts began a short time later and eventually involved numerous local law enforcement agencies and the FBI.