In January, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a suspicious incident involving the alleged disappearance of a child, Austin Bryant. He had last been seen sometime between 2003 and 2005. In 2003, Austin would have been 7 years old.
During the investigation, detectives found that another child, Edward Bryant, was also unaccounted for. He is believed to have gone missing as early as 2001 when he would have been 9 years old.
Austin would be 15 years old today. Edward would be 18 years old. They are the adoptive children of Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, of Texas.
The Bryants lived in a home located in the 18000 block Granite Circle from 1999 to 2005 in the Monument area near Colorado Springs.
When asked if Colorado investigators believe the boys are still alive, El Paso County sheriff’s Lt. Lari Sevene said, “We are considering every possibility at this time.”
Sheriff’s officials traveled to Texas to arrest the Bryants, who were living separately, Sevene said. Authorities found Linda Bryant in the Gainesville area and Edward Bryant in the Denton area, she said.
Linda and Edward were arrested in Texas for receiving money from the El Paso County Department of Human Services, despite the fact that Austin and Edward were not residing with them. The couple has been extradited back to Colorado and are in custody at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. They are being held on a $1 million bond.
Linda and Edward face several charges including felony theft, conspiracy, and forgery.
Deputies will canvass the neighborhood and interview neighbors about the missing children.
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