By Brandi Makuski
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Plover Police Dept. is searching a Wisconsin Rapids landfill in connection with the Krista Sypher disappearance.
Sypher, a 44-year-old Plover mother of three, has been missing since March.
Wis. Rapids Police Deputy Chief Randy Jahns on Tuesday referred a request for comment to Plover Chief Dan Ault.
Ault declined to say what officers found at the landfill, which is owned by Advanced Disposal.
“I will also not be saying what we didn’t find,” Ault said. “This investigation is not over; far from it.”
Ault confirmed Wednesday morning that his department, with assistance from Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point police, as well as Portage Co. deputies and Plover Fire Dept., was on its third day of searching the Cranberry Creek landfill on the northwest side of Wisconsin Rapids. About 20 officers and firefighters were part of the search, he added.
Officers on the scene were observed wearing protective Tyvek suits and respirators.
“This is, obviously, garbage that’s being sorted and moved around, so we’re just taking precautions for the people involved,” Ault said. “We are uncovering garbage — we’re not just looking for something that came in yesterday.”
Ault said he would not confirm that police were searching for Sypher’s remains at the landfill, but said the dept. has conducted previous searches for the woman’s remains.
Ault did confirm the coroner has not been called to the landfill, which would be standard procedure if human remains had been located.
“I’ve already seen some news reports that weren’t true, a lot of assumptions being made,” Ault said. “I’ve heard on the news that we’ve found things we haven’t found, and that we’re searching for things that we’re not. At this point, it’s too sensitive to divulge what we’re searching for. When crimes are committed, people discard things; this is one area that we have reason to believe there may be things connected to this investigation.”
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