Colo. authorities search for Texas couple's 2 boys

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities searched Thursday for two boys who have been missing for most of the last decade and whose adoptive parents from Texas are accused of receiving government checks to support the boys, even though they were not living with the couple.

Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, were in jail in Colorado Springs on $1 million bail each on charges including theft and forgery.

They have not been charged in the disappearances of Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant.

Austin may have disappeared as early as 2003, when he was 7, and Edward may have disappeared in 2001, when he was 9, authorities said. They would now be 15 and 18.

The Bryants lived in the Monument area near Colorado Springs between 1999 and 2005 and most recently lived in the Dallas area.

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.

The two didn't fight extradition from Texas.

The investigation started Jan. 22 when someone reported a suspicious incident involving the alleged disappearance of Austin, Sevene said. Investigators checked it out and discovered that the boy was last seen sometime between 2003 and 2005. In follow-up interviews, including with his family, investigators determined Edward was also unaccounted for, Sevene said.

Authorities haven't released other details, and arrest warrant affidavits were sealed. State adoption records also are sealed, said Liz McDonough, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Sheriff's deputies had a car parked outside the Bryants' former home Thursday in neighborhood that's in an evergreen forest against the foothills, with narrow, paved roads leading to homes nestled in the trees.

A spokeswoman for the public school district in the area said she couldn't release information on whether the boys had attended its schools.

Sevene said no missing person report for the boys had ever been filed with her department or any law-enforcement agencies in the surrounding area.


Associated Press writer Catherine Tsai reported from Denver.

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