Discussion in '2010's Missing' started by los2188, Apr 6, 2016.
Yes. I remember it too.
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I don't know that anyone here is arguing that racism doesn't exist, just not willing to label this particular case as not getting more press because of racism. Personally I've felt uncomfortable with some of the generalizations stated on this thread.
I didn't say racism is the direct reason, I said ratings which is a little more indirect , just like with the elderly , and men they just don't get the press, somehow I got off track
racism aside; i think there is more to why the reporters are not sent to work on getting info for this case. i wonder if several people inquire to the news stations that originally reported on this case would dig a little to find out what's going on...
I agree to there being an ulterior reason "why" reporters are not engaged. I believe it involves more than local law enforcement, perhaps because drugs are involved. My concern is the focus has been taken away from finding the bodies (or missing, if that is inappropriate) but again, ultimately hoping there is a bigger picture involved.
I scanned most of the thread and I'm pressed for time. I didn't see this posted yet. I don't know
the site well, but the byline is Chris Hansen (good credentials, credible, IMHO).
I'll take the story as credible. Those that have followed this from day one may find some new
info in there. I just read about this today, and the case is truly bizarre. Please read
and take what you can from the information.
Thanks, stx722. Some good info at link.
But Sidney and Krislyn met every year to attend a music festival in Austin together. Their plan this year was to carpool in Sidney's Dodge Charger and stay with a high school friend Jared Hemphill. But Hemphill works nights, so he calls his cousin Harvey Cyphers to show his friends a good time around town.
"Sidney Taylor and Harvey Cyphers knew each other for many years and by all the accounts they were friends and liked to hang out together," said Austin Police Detective Jay Swann.
A successful business owner and champion bodybuilder with a bit of a rap sheet, Cyphers is the life of the party. He takes the duo out for some R-rated fun at a strip club called the Landing Strip.
Soon, a bombshell. As forensics investigators process the car, they find evidence that points to a violent and possibly deadly encounter.
A pool of blood stains on the rear passenger floorboard and plastic sheeting stuffed inside the trunk is covered with dried blood and hair.
Police believe the records prove Sidney's phone was in the vicinity of Cyphers's Austin home at 3 a.m. Then chillingly, all three phones start traveling east toward Houston at 7:30 a.m.
In Houston, Cyphers's phone is tracked to an area near Sidney's abandoned Dodge. According to phone records, Cyphers makes several calls to a bus company, and then his phone alone travels the same route as a bus does between Houston and Austin at around 5 p.m.
A search warrant issued for Cyphers's home uncovers more evidence, including an April 3 receipt from Walmart with a laundry list of suspicious items. All detectives need to arrest and charge him is verification from the dna crime lab. But then, a stunning chain of events prevents this from happening. The police department shuts down the DNA testing lab.
So far, Cyphers isn't talking. He sits in jail for an unrelated weapons charge, and has not been charged in connection with the couple's disappearance.
I only tripped over this case within the last month.
Apologies if this has been posted, but I didn't see it.
APD homicide cold case detective gave a press conference June 3, 2016
ETA: Austin DNA lab update
A Texas Forensic Science Commission audit called into question the credibility of the DNA results from close to 4,000 cases. They said while most labs adjusted and updated their protocols to correct the problem, the Austin DNA lab had bigger issues. The issues included analysts using scientifically invalid methods and contamination worries.
The concern has prompted the Travis County District Attorneys office to begin the process of notifying defendants in approximately 3,600 cases that the DNA results that may have played a part in their prosecution could have possibly been overstated.
The new interim head of the Austin Police Department, Brian Manley, said he wants to lab to reopen next year.
I'm unsure why, in a case like this, with a suspect and evidence in hand, they can't take that to another lab, outsource to another location
to process the evidence. I'd like to think there would be a sense of urgency to provide answers and closure for the families. Not to mention
the multitude of past cases that have potentially been compromised.
I can't imagine waiting and just not knowing. It just seems unconscionable to me.
MOM OF MISSING PERSON: 'THE FAMILY IS NOT HOLDING UP VERY WELL'
The mother of one of two Houston friends who disappeared eight months ago is speaking out in effort to shed light on the case.
Taylor's mother, Mary Ware, told Eyewitness News that she's accepted reality, but she's far from closure.
Police believe Harvey Cyphers was the last person to see them. When Cyphers' story that night didn't stick, police searched his home and found blood there. They believe something violent happened and the crime had been cleaned up.
"I believe he's the one that killed my son," Ware said.
I'm not sure if this be connected or not...but some skeletal remains wearing jeans were recently found in Austin. Here's the thread for the remains: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...-w-Jeans-on-Walnut-Creek-bike-trail-31July-17
What the heck? Is there a reason they didn't go full throttle after Cyphers?
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Because they are trying to get information on his drug source....perhaps.
Four years of Dateline’s Missing in America: 90 still missing
Cyphers was scheduled to be released on his "felon with a gun" charges February of 2018. I am unable to locate him on any TX inmate db. UGH! What happened to this case!!!!????
Texas friends Krislyn Gibson and Sidney Taylor, both 35 at the time, disappeared on Saturday April 2, 2016, while on a trip to Austin, Texas. The friends, who both live in Houston, were in town to attend the Urban Music Festival. They were staying with one of Sidney’s cousins for the weekend. They headed to a club late that Friday night with their friend, Harvey “Hootie” Cyphers, but never returned. The day after Krislyn and Sidney disappeared, Sidney’s 2010 Dodge Charger was found abandoned in a parking lot in the Midtown district back in Houston. Austin police have named Cyphers as a suspect in Krislyn and Sidney’s disappearance. Krislyn is a single mother to a young son, and Sidney is a married father of four. Family and friends insist they wouldn’t disappear on their own.
Five years of Dateline’s Missing in America: 109 still missing
Man connected to missing couple last seen in Austin faces new charge
A man connected to a missing couple last seen in Austin is facing a new charge.
Harvey Lester Cyphers is now charged with tampering with evidence connected to a dead body.
Back in 2016, police said Cyphers was seen on surveillance video leaving a strip club with Krislyn Gibson and Sidney Taylor.
The Houston couple was never seen again.
Officers found blood and evidence inside Cypher's Southeast Austin home -- but never charged him in their disappearance.
Hopefully he just confesses and ends their family's pain.
FINALLY!! Although no body was found and since Hurricane Harvey destroyed the area they searched, I think its slim but lets hope he gives some info.
In March 2019, Cyphers was charged with tampering with evidence with intent to impair a human corpse. But no bodies have ever been found. He has not been charged in their disappearance and police would not comment further.
Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing