Krista Sypher Disappearance: Husband appears in court, charged with murder
“The nature of the case is such that it’s a case of deception; it’s a case of going to extreme measures to thwart responsibility and to try numerous lies in the entire investigation.” -Wisconsin DOJ Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor Annie Jay
By Joe Bachman
PLOVER — Jason Sypher, charged with the murder of his wife, 44-year-old Krista Sypher, made his appearance in court today via video conference.
A $750,000 bond was set for Jason Sypher, who currently lives in Illinois. His attorney Gary Kryshak initially called the $1 million bond set by the prosecutor as unnecessary given a “weak” case. Kryshak had been hired as Sypher’s attorney since April 2017.
“The case in this case is probably the weakest case I’ve ever seen in years, and I believe in a reasonable bond,” said Kryshak. “If he was going to run, he could have ran a long time ago.”
Details are now coming out regarding the case, as Jason Sypher was arrested on probable cause, which outlines the reasons for arrest in the official complaint. According to the criminal complaint, Jason Sypher told police that he observed Krista in bed with the covers over her head before picking up their two children from school at approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 13. He would claim that this was the last time he would see Krista.
Video surveillance would show the two together at a local tanning salon on Division Street between 9:13 a.m. and 9:46 a.m. that morning. After not showing up for work at McDill Elementary, school officials called Jason to ask where Krista was. He replied in a vulgar nature that he didn’t know.
Krista remained missing, as children took note that their mother was gone well past 8:30 p.m. that night. According to family and friends, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for Krista to have late nights. Friends and family have also acknowledged that both Krista and Jason were allegedly having extramarital affairs prior to her disappearance.
On March 14, a garbage disposal driver reported picking up trash from their home, and noticed that the trash left was in a container not issued by the company, and far exceeded the 60 pound weight restriction, and weighed approximately 90 pounds.
Jason told authorities that he didn’t notice that his wife was missing until “maybe a day after, or a couple days after” her disappearance, according to reports. He didn’t report his wife missing until March 20.
On March 23, 2017, authorities would track down Krista’s iPhone, found smashed and damaged inside of a gas station dumpster. Jason’s fingerprints were found all over the bag containing the phone. This was determined through Jason’s GPS location to have occurred at approximately 2:52 p.m. on March 13, and confirmed through video surveillance of a silver Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Jason that day.
On March 28, a bag of Krista’s personal items were found at a nearby garbage disposal.
On March 31, a search warrant was carried out at their residence on Hoffman Drive, where a specialized dog used to detect human remains was brought in. It is here where the dog detected traces of human remains in the bathtub drain, on freshly cleaned clothes in the laundry room, in the cabinet below the kitchen sink, and in the bed and seats of Jason’s F-150 truck.
It is also of note that authorities previously observed that a large butcher knife from the kitchen had been missing, to which Jason claims to have gotten rid of it to protect himself from Krista, whom he alleges was violent towards him on several occasions.
However, investigators later utilized GPS pings from Jason’s phone which recorded his locations on March 13, tracking his movements from multiple locations. Video surveillance would later reveal that at approximately 5:59 p.m. on March 13, Jason was seen at Menard’s in Plover, buying Iron Clad 39 gallon black garbage bags. These bags were never found in the house when previously searched.
These GPS recorded locations include a set of dumpsters on the 3300 block of Wilson Avenue. The contents of these dumpsters had been previously transferred to the Mosinee Transfer facility, where authorities studied video surveillance from March 20, and observed a large black plastic bag consistent with the shape of the body dumped in the facility. At the time of this publication, no body has been recovered by authorities.
It is of note that Krista’s vehicle remained in the same spot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:46 a.m., when Jason later picked up their children from school. According to reports, both children knew of talks of divorce, and one knew of infidelity from both Jason and Krista.
Jason Sypher denied having any knowledge of Krista’s whereabouts throughout the ordeal. In past statements to the police, Jason informed them that Krista was allegedly “suicidal and bipolar”, and was saving $30,000 in cash to buy a new truck. She allegedly asked for a divorce in December of 2016, though they attempted to work on their marriage in early 2017.
The investigation into Krista Sypher’s disappearance was led by the Plover Police Department with assistance from DCI, Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Stevens Point Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Additional resources were provided by Wisconsin Rapids Police Department and Plover Fire Department.
Wisconsin DOJ Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor Annie Jay is assisting the Portage County District Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of this case.
If convicted, Jason Sypher could face life imprisonment for first-degree intentional homicide, and hiding a corpse. His next court appearance is slated for Sept. 10.