Police suspect foul play in case of missing couple

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in connection with a missing person investigation involving a couple from Houston.

Austin Police say Sidney Taylor and Krislyn Gibson came to Austin on April 1 for the Urban Music Festival. The pair left with one of Taylor’s friends in Taylor’s 2010 black Dodge Charger. The same car was found just days later on April 5th in Houston. Police there said the car contained Gibson and Taylor’s personal items that you “don’t normally leave behind” and that there was potentially blood and biological evidence in the car.

The fact police found the car with the pair’s belongings, coupled with the fact they both have small children at home and have steady jobs led police to believe foul play is involved in the pair’s disappearance.

Detectives spoke with the last person to see them, 50-year-old Harvey “Hootie” Cyphers, and determined he wasn’t telling the truth during their interview. Cyphers, a convicted felon, admitted he had guns even though they were illegal for him to own. He was arrested and faces firearms charges

Police searched Cyphers’ home at 6808 Montana Street in Austin after discovering inconstancies in his stories. Inside they found evidence that led investigators to believe “an act of violence had occurred…and that the crime scene had been cleaned up.”

Investigators analyzed cell phone records and discovered Cyphers, Gibson and Taylor were all at Cypher’s home in the early morning hours of April 2. Then, all three phones traveled together to Houston, where Cyphers’ phone was used to call Megabus. That call came from a location near the location where Taylor’s car was found abandoned.

Cyphers’ phone records show the phone followed the path that Megabus uses for it’s Houston to Austin trips.

Detectives ask anone who may have seen Harvey “Hootie” Cyphers or Taylor’s Dodge Charger in Houston on April 2, or may have ridden Megabus from Houston to Austin with Cyphers to call the APD Homicide Cold Case/Missing Persons Unit at 512-974-5250 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.

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