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Byers, circa 1989

Missing Since 07/11/1989

Missing From Youngstown, Ohio

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Male

Race Black

Date of Birth Used 08/21/1970 (50)

Age 18 years old

Height and Weight 6'1, 155 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.

The driver and his passenger, described as a blond man in his mid-twenties, jumped out, pistol-whipped Byers, sprayed him with Mace, and threw him in the back of the vehicle. They drove away. Byers has never been heard from again.

Gerald Zuppo Sr. and Gerald "Jerry" Zuppo Jr., who are father and son, were arrested and charged with kidnapping a few days later. Police don't think the kidnapping was hate crime; they believe the Zuppos abducted Byers because he had robbed Jerry earlier and stolen a gold chain from him.

In June 1989, as the jury was being selected for their trials, both Gerald and Jerry pleaded no contest to kidnapping. They were sentenced to five to twenty-five years in prison each.

Byers has never been located, but police believe he's deceased because of the passage of time since his disappearance, and because his parents said he would have contacted them if he could have.
Investigating Agency / Department

Youngstown Police Department 330-742-8916

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