17 months after woman goes missing, K9 detects human remains in husband's truck, bedroom and drain
A Wisconsin man has been accused of killing his missing wife, who hasn't been seen since disappearing in March 2017
Jason Sypher has been arrested for the murder of his wife Krista Marie Sypher, who was reported missing from Plover, Wisconsin, in March 2017, authorities said.
On August 24, 2018, Wisconsin State Patrol arrested 44-year-old Sypher at around 5:30 pm approximately five miles north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border on I-39/I-90 following a traffic stop, according to a release by the Plover Police Department. Reports stated that Sypher had moved to Chicago, Illinois, just days after his wife went missing.
“Mr. Sypher was transported to the Portage County Jail where he was booked on two charges: First-Degree Intentional Homicide and Hiding a Corpse,” the Plover Police Department stated in a release.
While Krista's body has not been found as yet, human remains were detected by a K9 unit in the couple’s bedroom, in a bathroom drain, in Sypher’s truck and on laundered clothing in the washing machine, according to a complaint obtained by The Point/Plover Metro Wire.
Authorities apprehended Jason Sypher near the Wisconsin-Illinois border. https://t.co/1LmODazb78— Stevens Point Journal (@StevensPointJrl) August 27, 2018
The complaint further states that Jason acknowledged to authorities that things hadn’t been “normal” between the couple before her disappearance. It is alleged that on the day Krista went missing, Jason bought 39-gallon trash bags. The report highlights that Syphers’ Chevy Cruze had stopped at or near public dumpsters in the subsequent days, according to GPS records.
With that information, police reviewed a surveillance video of a waste transfer facility processing Plover’s garbage. They reportedly saw a “long black plastic bag consistent with the size of a human body” falling from a garbage truck. The husband is currently being held at the Portage County Jail on a $750,000 cash bond after a court appearance earlier on Monday, before he returns to court on September 10.
Sypher was last seen on March 13, 2017. At the time of her disappearance, Krista's longtime pal Angie told NBC's Dateline that Jason was the last person to see her friend alive. “He said that [on March 13th] she’d taken off with her boyfriend,” Angie told Dateline in February 2018. “He didn’t see her physically leave, which is weird because they lived in a small duplex, so she basically would have had to pass him in order to leave the house.”
Authorities have arrested Jason Sypher for the murder of his wife Krista Marie Sypher, missing from Plover, Wisconsin since March of 2017. He is being held on a $750,000 cash bond. #Dateline https://t.co/ULQgrNaKY3 pic.twitter.com/rowwjI8ZWK— Dateline NBC (@DatelineNBC) August 27, 2018
After seven days of not hearing from her, Jason reported his wife missing at the Plover Police Department, saying he went to run errands and the mom-of-three wasn’t home when he got back on that fateful evening.
Angie said that while Krista's car was left behind, it was unlikely that Krista had walked away on foot as she had injured her foot quite recently. Angie also revealed that she called several major cab companies in the city on the day of her disappearance, but in vain. None of them had taken a call from Krista's address that day.
An important point to note is that Krista had been seeing someone with the knowledge of both her husband and Angie. Jason had even befriended the individual, Corey Kitowski, according to Angie. But in a conversation with Dateline in February 2018, Corey said he was not dating Krista at the time of her disappearance.
“We had not been dating for a while. After talking with her husband, it was apparent that she was not getting a divorce like she had told me,” Corey said. “So I decided we would be better off as friends. We still remained good friends and talked with each other on occasion up until she went missing.”
Friends and family of Krista Sypher file into courtroom for highly anticipated hearing. Her husband Jason is now accused of killing her. She was reported missing in March 2017. pic.twitter.com/QS2Hy5XtZZ— Brianna Hollis (@BriHollisNEWS) August 27, 2018
Back then, Plover Chief of Police Dan Ault told Dateline that they had searched Sypher's home after she went missing and were “highly confident” they would be able to solve the case. However, it was unclear whether they found any pertinent evidence during the search.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Krista. I even have a photo of her on my desk in front of my computer,” Chief Ault told Dateline. “It is rare, [and] there are children involved.”
Meanwhile, Krista's three children are under the primary custody of her parents in Plover, Wisconsin. Anyone with additional information related to the crime or the suspect is advised to contact Plover Police Department Detective Mike Tracy at 715-345-5255 or [email protected]