Search for missing kids intensifies

June 18, 2008 3:41:22 PM PDT
The search for a 7-year old boy and his 3-year old sister has intensified this morning. Crews are scouring several locations in east Harris County, including a trash transfer station.Police say Randy Sylvester, Sr., is a suspect in the disappearance of his children, Randy Sylvester, Jr., 7, and his sister, Denim, 3, who were last seen Sunday afternoon.

There is a search plane in the air circulating a 50 mile radius at the apartment complex where the kids were last seen. There is also a crew at a local trash transfer station and there is also a search going off Beltway 8 in the area of Pasadena.

The search for 3-year-old Denim and 7-year-old Randy Sylvester, Jr. has turned into a recovery effort. Volunteers along with the children's grandmother were at the scene early this morning to aid in the search. Texas Equusearch along with the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children as well as HPD and Pasadena police are all at the scene trying to locate the missing siblings.

Randy Sylvester, Sr., lashed out at the media, saying he wanted to fight us. He also agreed to take a lie detector test, but then refused when he got to the police station.

Sylvester, Sr., made comments to their mother that seemed to imply the children may be dead. That development came following a series of events involving that father.

Sylvester, Sr., lashed out at the media, saying he wanted to fight. He apparently also agreed to take a lie detector test, but then refused when he got to the police station.

Teams are searching several areas near the apartment complex. They are also searching a nearby wooded area and at the trash dump site. However, as more time goes by and given the hot temperatures, hope is starting to fade.

"The first thing I thought about this case and I think about little Kendrick Jackson, two years ago, that's never been found and now it appears we have two Kendrick cases and so I think we just need to stay focused and keep our emotions out of it and work with law enforcement," said Tim Miller with Texas Equusearch.

The children's father is being held for resisting arrest after he refused to take a lie detector test yesterday. The children's mother has not been seen this morning. She hasn't been called a suspect in this case.

Stay with Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.

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