Parents Remain In Jail; Information Still Sought
KRDO NewsChannel 13
POSTED: 6:25 pm MDT March 16, 2011
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating more than 20 tips received regarding the disappearance of Austin and Edward Bryant. The office announced a week ago that the boys have been missing since between 2001 and 2003.
“We have more tips than detectives,” said Lt. Lari Sevene. “Every investigator in our division is dealing with this case. Probably about 12 people who are working on it currently, not including supervisors who are involved, as well.”
Sevene said the tips came after the Sheriff’s Office held a news conference last Thursday to publicize the case and appeal to the public for information. Sheriff Terry Maketa had said the Monument-area neighborhood where the Bryants lived from 1999 to 2005 would be searched several times during the week. However, Sevene said investigators last searched the area on Saturday.
“It’s intermittent, not a daily thing,” she said.
Sevene said she didn’t know if the family’s former home on Granite Circle would be searched further or if any evidence has been found there.
“We want to take everything into consideration before before we go in and start being very intrusive and invasive on that property,” said Sevene.
Sevene also elaborated on a part of the arrest affidavit of the boys parents, Edward and Linda Bryant, which described the case as “an ongoing homicide investigation.” Sevene said that description may have come from the district attorney’s office and not from the Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s too hard to say at this point,” Sevene said about considering the case a homicide investigation. “There’s still a lot of questions we need to have answered to be able to speak to that and have that be our driving force. We don’t want to (have) any preconceived notions at this point.”
Meanwhile, the boys’ parents are scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning to formally receive the charges against them. The Bryants are accused not of involvement in their adopted sons’ disappearance, but of accepting state money to care for them even after the disappearance.
It’s unclear whether the parents will be charged with child abuse against Austin Bryant that was alleged in the arrest affidavit. According to that document, the Bryants are accused of locking Austin in a trunk and denying him food. The parents admitted in the document that they moved to Texas for a fresh start in 2003, did not report their sons missing and tried to conceal the situation.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to ask that anyone with information about the case should call the hotline at (719) 520-7209. PrintEmail