|Sebastian Tyrese Husted--known as 'Ty" by family and friends--pictured at the age of 18.|
The above picture on the right is the last known image of Sebastian 'Ty' Husted before he vanished. He has been missing since January 22nd, 2018.
Ty posted the picture to his Facebook page three days earlier, on January 19th. That same day, he also wrote “Feels good to be workin’ again” in a Facebook post. Ty was referring to a job he had recently gotten as a power washer at a hog farm in Mercer County, Missouri. The hog farm was over an hour’s drive away from his family’s home in Centerville Iowa. On the day Ty was last seen, he arranged to carpool with a coworker to the farm. However, after being driven there, Ty reportedly texted his brother and asked him to pick him up, as his coworker was acting strange and aggressive. His brother replied to ask for an address, but Ty never got back to him. He never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again. Ty was reported missing two days later.
Ty’s family members later learned that the co-worker returned to Centerville without him. Police inevitably questioned this man, but according to Ty’s family, nothing ever came of their questioning. Police looked at Ty’s cell phone records, which revealed that his final phone ping was near the hog farm on the day of his disappearance. Eventually, searches were conducted in that area, and pits at the hog farm were drained, but unfortunately no clues were found. These searches not conducted until weeks after his disappearance, so many believed that they were conducted too late. By this point, evidence could have potentially been destroyed by the hogs or other environmental factors on the farm.
Ty’s sister Ieesha Husted told reporters that she believes there was no urgency in the early stages of Ty’s disappearance because investigators thought he was missing on his own accord. However, Ty’s family members find this unlikely. Ty had a child on the way, who has since been born. Ty was reportedly looking forward to becoming a father, and he was glad to be working so he could support the child. Police are now classifying Ty as a missing endangered person, and foul play has not been ruled out.
Ieesha also told reporters that their family has tried to reach out to the co-worker Ty was last seen with on many occasions. They have not received any replies from him. It is unclear if police are still investigating this man. He has not been identified in the public.
There is a $1000 reward in place for any information that could lead to Ty’s whereabouts. If you have any information that could help, please contact Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at (660) 748-3165.