Missing boy's father pleads for son's return - KMOV.com

Missing boy's father pleads for son's return

KMOV -- The father of a missing University City toddler made a public plea Saturday for the boy's return.

The two-year-old and his mother were reported missing by her family members March 28th. On Friday, April 9, the mother's body was found in the Mississippi River. The boy, however, still remains missing.

Gebar Byrd Sr. met with reporters this afternoon and pleaded for the return of his son. Byrd says he last saw his son, Gebar Byrd Jr. and his fiance, 24-year-old Yasmin Rodriguez, on March 25th.

Byrd told police an argument between him and Rodriguez ended with him leaving the the house. When he returned, the boy and his mother were gone.

"I really do want to make sure that I'm able to get in contact with my son cause he does need to be with his father now that his mother is out of the way," Byrd told reporters. "...I do believe there was some foul play involved...I'm not sure what type but someone came and picked them up...I'm not sure what happened that's all I know..."

While Rodriguez's family has accused him of being involved with the boy's disappearance, Byrd says has has already taken and passed three polygraph tests.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-CRIMESTOPPERS or to contact the University City Police Department.

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