MONUMENT, Colo. — Colorado authorities searched yesterday for two boys who have been missing for most of the past decade and whose adoptive parents from Texas are accused of receiving government checks to support the boys, even though they were not living with them.
Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, were in jail in Colorado Springs on $1 million bail each on theft and forgery charges. 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.
When asked if Colorado investigators believe the boys are still alive, El Paso County sheriff’s Lieutenant 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.
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 have not released other details, and arrest warrant affidavits were sealed.