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Former El Paso County deputy who disappeared twice in one week was located and taken into custody

A former El Paso County Deputy who went missing for the second time in one week was arrested on Tuesday after a thorough investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division, as stated in a news release on

A former El Paso County Deputy who went missing for the second time in one week was arrested on Tuesday after a thorough investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division, as stated in a news release on Wednesday.

Kevin Sypher, 57, faces two felony charges for theft and charitable fraud, and two misdemeanor charges for misconduct. He was incarcerated in Teller County Jail after being arrested on Tuesday, with a bail set at $100,000, according to court records.

Authorities indicate that Sypher served at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years before being terminated in August 2023, four months after his initial disappearance.

He was reported missing on April 27, 2023, and was located on April 29 in the Denver metro area. He went missing again on April 30 in the Wild Basin area in Rocky Mountain National Park, as mentioned in a news release on May 5, and was not found until his arrest on April 2, 2024.

Park officials were informed of his disappearance on May 1, according to an announcement by park spokesperson Kyle Patterson. “He is reported to have willingly walked away from a vehicle he was traveling in,” Patterson said.

Park searchers used a dog team before ceasing active investigation by May 5.

Sypher is set to appear in court on April 11, as per court records.

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