Colo. authorities search for Texas couple's 2 boys

Image: Edward Bryant, Austin Bryant
Edward, left, and Austin Bryant, have been missing for most of the past decade. Edward may have disappeared in 2001, when he was 9, Austin may have disappeared as early as 2003, when he was 7. El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Colorado authorities searched Thursday for two boys who have been missing for most of the last decade and whose adoptive parents from Texas have been 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.

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.

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

El Paso County sheriff's investigators traveled to Texas to arrest the Bryants, who were living separately, said sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Lari Sevene. 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. 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 that Edward was also unaccounted for.

Sevene said no missing person report had ever been filed with her department or any law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area. The sheriff's office plans to conduct a neighborhood canvass and follow up on other leads to find the boys, who would now be 15 and 18, she said.