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Portage Co. detective details switch from missing persons case to homicide case

Portage Co. (WAOW) — Day 3 of a Portage Co. murder trial included roughly a dozen witnesses, including a detective.

Jason Sypher is on trial for allegedly killing his wife Krista in 2017. Although her body has never been found.

Jason didn’t report her disappearance for a week, and it wasn’t until more than a year later that he was arrested.

Detective Kent Lepak with the Stevens Point Police Department says as he was photographing the Syphers home several things stuck out to him as unusual.

“A knife set that consisted of several knives in a wooden block that was missing two knives,” says Lepak.

The detective says the largest knife was never found and he says Jason told him he got rid of the knife because it could do damage.

Michael Tracy with the Plover Police Department told jurors GPS data the days after Krista went missing showed someone made several trips to a nearby area with dumpsters. They say Jason was driving the car making the trips.

Investigators searched a landfill, however, no body or evidence was ever discovered.

Krista Syphers mom took the stand as well. She was asked if she thought her daughter was still alive and she said yes. However, the judge told the jury to ignore that answer.

Courtney Terlecki

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