1-year-old Gebar was last seen in University City, Missouri on March 22, 2010. He lived with his mother, Yasmin Rodriguez, and father, Gebar Byrd Sr., in the 6600 block of Crest. They had been together for about 6 to 8 years by 2006, but they never married.
According to Gebar Sr., Yasmin took Gebar and left after an argument. He stated that she had done the same thing a year before and stayed with relatives for a month, so he wasn't concerned about her or their son. Rodriguez's relatives reported her and Gebar missing on March 28, 2010.
Yasmin's body was found in the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri on April 9. Authorities initially stated that there was no obvious signs of trauma, but on closer examination, they discovered a cut on her forehead and bruises on her arms, legs and torso.
In late May of 2010, Gebar Sr. was charged with her murder and Gebar's murder. Investigators believe Gebar Sr. pushed Yasmin into the river at Riverview and Spring Garden Drive while she was holding the child in her arms and both of them drowned. They stated he had confessed to the crime after initially claiming Yasmin had intentionally killed their son and then took her own life.
According to Yasmin's family, the couple had a rocky relationship and Gebar Sr. had assaulted Yasmin before. She thought he was unfaithful and had planned to end their relationship.
In October of 2011, Gebar Sr. was convicted of second-degree murder for Yasmin's death and involuntarily manslaughter for Gebar's death, as well as child endangerment and second-degree domestic assault. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, and three consecutive seven-year sentences for the other crimes.
At his trial, his defense argued that his confession had been coerced. Gebar Sr.'s mother believes her grandson is still alive because his birth certificate and other documents could not be found after his disappearance.
Gebar's body has never been found, but foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved. Gebar is biracial (of African-American/Hispanic descent) with black hair & brown eyes.