There's fear for the safety of a central Kansas mom and her toddler.

Great Bend Police are investigating what happened to Crystal Demoss and her one-year-old son Leland Epp. The two were reported missing Sunday, but it’s believed the last time they were seen was on Jan. 14, 2024.

The police chief addressed his concerns to the Great Bend City Council this week.

“We served two search warrants here in Great Bend in relation to a missing female and her child who are believed to possibly be in danger. I'm not sure,” said Police Chief Steve Haulmark. “We're trying to work through that right now. It's kind of a strange deal, but um, an individual who's been identified in the investigation is a previous convicted felon arrested for a couple things, to include, felon in possession of a firearm.”

Crystal, 32, who also goes by Crys, shares a home with the man arrested: Tyler Epp, police said in a social media post. On Monday, Epp was booked into the Barton County Jail for possession of marijuana and criminal use of weapons. He did post a $10,000 surety bond Monday, the Great Bend Post reports. He had prior drug-related arrests in 2020, including unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Several locations were searched for the mom and son. Police said Crystal’s vehicle was found at her home, but there is no sign of her or Leland.

REPORT YOUR TIP

Anyone who has a tip on the disappearance of Crystal Demoss and Leland Epp should call the Great Bend Police Department at (620) 792-1300 or you can submit information online at p3tips.com or download the P3Tips mobile app; or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (785) 296-4017 or online to the KBI by clicking here.


 

CRYSTAL DEMOSS

Missing from: Great Bend, Kan.

Reported Missing: May 5, 2024

Last Seen: Jan. 14, 2024

Age then: 32

Height: 5'3’’

Weight: 180 pounds

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Distinguishing features: Tattoos on hands and arms; pierced ears.


 

LELAND EPP

Missing from: Great Bend, Kan.

Reported Missing: May 5, 2024

Last Seen: Jan. 14, 2024

Age then: 11 months

Height: Unknown

Weight: Unknown

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown


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