Police believe missing Cedar Park mom dead, open homicide investigation


CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park police believe a missing woman is dead as the investigation continues into the suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

Police are treating the investigation as a homicide. Assistant Cedar Park Police Chief Mike Harmon said Saturday investigators are now trying to locate Amanda “Mandi” Gordon’s body.

“The Cedar Park Police Department and our assisting partner agencies want to express our deepest condolences to Amanda’s family,” a release from the department said.

Assistant Chief Harmon told the media a concerned family member reached out to them after they hadn’t seen or heard from Gordon in a few days.

Officers went to the 2500 block of Cypress Lane near Pearl Lane and U.S. Highway 183 to do a welfare check on her and her two children.

Police say Gordon’s common law husband, Samuel Byrd, was being uncooperative with police.

Officers then became concerned for Gordon and her children — who were still in the home according to Byrd’s explanations. As those concerns continued, police forced entry with help from the Central Texas Regional SWAT team.

After doing an interview and gathering more information, they got a search warrant for the home from the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office and removed the children from the home. The children are safe with family members, according to police.

(Photo Courtesy: Williamson County Jail Records)

After a preliminary search of the property, Byrd was taken into custody on drug-related charges.

On Saturday police also charged Byrd with tampering with evidence. They did not provide any information or details surrounding this charge. The charge also came with a $750,000 bond.

Police will continue their investigation for the coming days.

Neighbors in the area told KXAN on Friday that they first heard loud noise which they believed may have been gunshots around 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Over a dozen law enforcement vehicles showed up shortly after neighbors heard that loud noise. The entities included the Cedar Park Mobile Command Unit​, the Texas Game Warden and the Texas Rangers.

KXAN Investigators discovered the home investigators were going in and out of, is the same address where someone applied for a protective order in 2017. Assistant Chief Harmon said there had been a history of disturbances at that residence as well, but he wasn’t sure if those involved Gordon.

Neighbors said the family who lives inside the home now, have lived there for a while.

“I think that those of us that live close deserve some sort of answers,” said Monica Tackett. “I swing on my swing outside. Yeah, it has been unnerving. I was afraid to go in the backyard today.”

A tow truck towed away two vehicles early Friday afternoon.​ One had a Company logo for Byrd’s Roofing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Larry Bond at 512-260-4766.

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