Gibson, approximate photo date 2016 Harvey Cyphers
Missing since: 04/02/2016
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 03/21/1981 (39)
Age at time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight: 5'3, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A light-colored shirt and dark-colored pants.
Other characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Gibson has the following tattoos: the cartoon character Betty Boop on the outside of her left calf, the word "ONE" on her upper left thigh and a butterfly on her left foot.
Details at time of disappearance: Gibson was last seen in Austin, Texas with Sidney Taylor. They had been friends since they attended Aldine High School together, but weren't romantically involved. They drove to Austin on April 1 for the Urban Music Festival and were at The Landing Strip, a club, late that night.
They were with a friend, Harvey "Hootie" Cyphers, and surveillance cameras showed the three entering the club together, and then leaving it together at closing time, 2:00 a.m. on April 2.
The friend whom Taylor and Gibson was staying with spoke to Taylor on the phone at 3:00 a.m., and Taylor said he was with Cyphers. Taylor and Gibson never arrived back at their friend's residence and were never heard from again.
Two days later, Taylor's 2010 Dodge Charger with the Texas license plate number CBJ6089 was found abandoned in the 2400 block of Milam in downtown Houston, Texas, more than 160 miles from where the pair was last seen. Some of Gibson's personal belongings, including her purse, were inside the car. There was a pool of blood on the rear passenger-side floorboard, and plastic sheeting in the trunk was covered with dried blood and hair.
Police found inconsistencies in Cyphers's story about the events of that night. They searched his home in the 6800 block of Montana in Austin and found blood there they think a violent crime occurred and someone made attempts to clean up. The search also uncovered an April 3 receipt with a list of "suspicious" items purchased from a Wal-Mart store.
Police determined through cell phone records that Cyphers, Gibson and Taylor were all at his home at 3:00 a.m. on April 2. At 7:30 a.m., the three phones left Austin together and traveled to Houston.
Cyphers's phone was used to make multiple calls to Megabus, a commercial bus line with a pickup location within walking distance of where Taylor's car was found. Starting at 5:00 p.m., Cyphers's phone traveled without Gibson's and Taylor's phones along the same route Megabus takes between Houston and Austin.
In July of that year, Cyphers pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and was sent to prison. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. He has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance in 1998 and unlawful possession of a firearm in 2001, and he is the prime suspect in Gibson and Taylor's disappearances.
In March 2019, Cyphers was charged with tampering with evidence with intent to impair a human corpse the indictment alleged he tried to alter or conceal "blood, biological material, a motor vehicle, a cell phone, text messages, a bath mat, a shower liner, shower curtains and bath towels", that he altered, destroyed or concealed other evidence knowing that "an investigation was pending and in progress", and that he tampered with two corpses after murder or an assault offense had been committed. He is awaiting trial for those offenses.
Gibson was the single parent of an eight-year-old son at the time of her disappearance, and had a steady job in Houston. It's uncharacteristic of either her or Taylor to leave without warning or abandon their families. Foul play is suspected in their cases, which remain unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Austin Police Department
Other information: Texas Department of Public Safety
The Houston Chronicle
The Houston Forward Times
Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated April 22, 2019 details of disappearance updated.