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PostSubject: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:44 am



Edward Bryant & Austin Bryant


Two children have been discovered missing and an investigation shows they could have been missing already for more than a decade.

Their adoptive parents are now under arrest.

On January 22, 2011 the El Paso County Sheriff's Office took a report of a suspicious incident involving the alleged disappearance of a child identified as Austin Bryant. Investigation into this matter revealed Austin was last seen sometime between 2003 and 2005.

Through interviews with other family members, detectives discovered there was a second child in the family who is also unaccounted for named Edward Bryant.

No missing persons report has ever been filed with the Sheriff's Office or surrounding law enforcement agencies for these two children.

Austin Eugene Bryant, who would be 15 years old. Austin is said to have disappeared as early as 2003 when he was 7 years old.

Edward Dylan Bryant would be 18 years old now. Edward is believed to have gone missing as early as 2001 when he would have been 9 years old.

Austin and Edward are the adoptive children of 58-year-old Edward Bryant and 54-year-old Linda Bryant, of Texas.

The Bryants lived in a home located in the 18000 block of Granite Circle in Monument from 1999 to 2005.

Linda and Edward Bryant have been contacted and arrested in Texas for receiving an ongoing financial subsidy from the El Paso County Department of Human Services despite the fact Austin and Edward were not residing with them.

They have been extradited to back to Colorado and are in custody at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

Edward Eugene Bryant has been charged with Felony Theft (2 counts), Conspiracy, Attempt to Influence a Public Official (19 counts), Offering a False Instrument for Recording (19 counts), Forgery (19 counts). Bond has been set at $1 million.

Linda Kay Bryant has been charged with Felony Theft (2 counts),
Conspiracy, Attempt to Influence a Public Official (46 counts),
Offering a False Instrument for Recording (46 counts), Forgery (46 counts).

Bond has been set at $1 million.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a neighborhood canvass and following other investigative leads to try to determine more details surrounding the disappearance of these children.

If anyone has information regarding Austin Bryant or Edward Bryant, please contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.



http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Two_Children_Discovered_Missing_For_Up_To_A_Decade_117698873.html


http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_17575825

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:47 am

Adoptive Parents Claim Two Missing Children Ran Away
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is hoping tips from the public will help in the investigation into two children who have been discovered missing, one of them for up to a decade.

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Two_Children_Discovered_Missing_For_Up_To_A_Decade_117698873.html

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:48 am

KKTV 11 News is learning more about how much money Linda and Edward Bryant are alleged to have taken to care for two boys for years after they disappeared, and how the money may have funded their lifestyle.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office held a news conference to release more details on the case of two children who have been discovered missing, one of them for up to a decade. Now arrested, the adoptive parents say the young boys ran away, but a missing persons report was never filed.
Detectives say the case was blown open on January 22, 2011 when two brothers who are former foster children of the adoptive mother's daughter started talking about their son, Austin Bryant, and wondering what happened to him. They called authorities and the investigation began, revealing Austin was last seen sometime between 2003 and 2005.
Through interviews with other family members, detectives discovered there was a second child in the family who is also unaccounted for named Edward Bryant.
Austin Eugene Bryant would be 15 years old. Austin is said to have disappeared as early as 2003 when he was 7 years old. Edward Dylan Bryant would be 18 years old now. Edward is believed to have gone missing as early as 2001 when he would have been 9 years old.
Austin and Edward are the adoptive children of 58-year-old Edward Bryant and 54-year-old Linda Bryant, of Texas. Both children were adopted by the Bryants in El Paso County in 2000. Officials say the Bryants had nine adopted children in all.
No missing persons report has ever been filed with the sheriff's office or surrounding law enforcement agencies for these two children, even though the Bryants continued to collect $1,700 a month from the Department of Human Services for the boys. Altogether, authorities say the Bryants pocketed almost $175,000 for the boys' care while they told family members differing stories of the boys' whereabouts.
According to court documents in the case there are allegations that Austin was physically abused by Edward and Linda Bryant. The documents say that one witness reported that the Bryants used a "taser" on the boy and sometimes rolled him up tightly in a blanket so he could not move and looked like a mummy, There were also reports of welts on the boy that were apparently caused by electrical shocks.
According to the same documents, James Bryant was a step-brother who lived in the house with Austin,. He reportedly told investigators that Austin was sometimes taken out to the garage and left there for two or three days at a time, and that he would sometimes be locked in a large brown trunk. He says the boy was often denied food and would sometimes eat out of the garbage can because he was hungry.
James Bryant told authorities, according to the documents, that the last time he saw Austin alive was some time in early 2003. Austin was enrolled in Monument Academy for kindergarten in 2001. In August of 2003 he was enrolled in District 38 but was later pulled out, reportedly to be home schooled.
Deputies tell us the Bryants lived in a home located on Granite Circle in Monument from 1999 to 2005. Property records show they owned the home at 18060 Granite Circle from 1999 to 2006. Detectives say the Bryants moved out of the home in October 2005.
Other records show Wells Fargo Bank started foreclosure proceedings against the Bryants in October 2006. The process was stopped in December 2006 after the Bryants sold the home and paid off the amount owed.
At that point the Bryants were living in Texas. Detectives say there's no evidence to show that Edward and Austin ever made the move to Texas.
"I don't really remember them, but they seemed like shady people. Something just wasn't quite right," said one former neighbor in the Monument area.
Linda and Edward Bryant have been contacted and arrested in Texas for receiving an ongoing financial subsidy from the El Paso County Department of Human Services despite the fact Austin and Edward were not residing with them. When they were arrested, the Bryants had five adopted children in their custody.
They have been extradited to back to Colorado and are in custody at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. Detectives say the Bryants have conflicting stories regarding the whereabouts of Edward and Austin. Linda told detectives that Edward and Austin ran away in 2003, but the father says Edward ran away in 2001 and Austin ran away two years later.
Edward Bryant was apparently living in Denton when he was arrested. Neighbors told a Texas TV station that he had three boys, but they didn't recognize the pictures of the two who are missing.
Neighbor Jan Dalton said, "I'm just shocked," upon learning about the Bryants' arrests. The family lived in a lakeside community in North Texas, and belonged to the Lake Kiowa Lodge, a waterfront beach club.
Edward Eugene Bryant has been charged with Felony Theft (2 counts), Conspiracy, Attempt to Influence a Public Official (19 counts), Offering a False Instrument for Recording (19 counts), Forgery (19 counts). Bond has been set at $1 million.
Linda Kay Bryant has been charged with Felony Theft (2 counts),
Conspiracy, Attempt to Influence a Public Official (46 counts),
Offering a False Instrument for Recording (46 counts), Forgery (46 counts). Bond has been set at $1 million.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a neighborhood canvass and following other investigative leads to try to determine more details surrounding the disappearance of these children.
Court documents say that this is an ongoing homicide investigation into the disappearance of Edward and Austin Bryant. An arrest affidavit also says that Linda Bryant admits to telling the other kids in the house that the two missing boys were institutionalized and she admits that she had come to solely rely on the money she was receiving from DHS, roughly $1,700 per month for the two. She also admits to deputies that she falsified documents to show that the boys were in school.
According to documents from a 2007 bankruptcy filing, the couple listed a total of $126,125 in adoption monies as part of their income for 2005-2006. They listed eight sons, ages 7 to 15, and an 87-year-old mother as dependents.
At the time, the elder Edward Bryant said he was an electric engineer technician for the city of Denton, Texas, and Linda Bryant's occupation was listed as "housewife."
The Bryants are not charged in the boys' disappearance, but they are charged with crimes related to taking money for their care when the boys were not living with them.
If anyone has information regarding Austin Bryant or Edward Bryant, please contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Two_Children_Discovered_Missing_For_Up_To_A_Decade_117698873.html

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:50 am

Affidavit alleges severe abuse of missing boy




COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- One of two boys who had been missing for years before authorities were notified was denied food, spanked, forced to run up and down stairs and rolled up tightly in blankets "like a burrito" as punishment in the home of their adoptive parents, an adoptive brother claimed in a statement to investigators.
Austin Eugene Bryant often grew so hungry that he scavenged food from a garbage can, an arrest warrant affidavit quotes the adoptive brother as saying.
Austin and his biological brother, Edward Dylan Bryant, disappeared from their adoptive parents' home in Monument, Colo., by late 2003, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday. Austin would have been 7 and Edward 11 at the time.
The couple who adopted them, Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, have been arrested on charges of receiving nearly $175,000 in government payments to support the boys, even though they weren't living with the couple for most of the decade.
Maketa said the Bryants were entitled to government payments to care for Austin and Edward because both were considered special needs children. He didn't elaborate.
The parents haven't been charged in the boys' disappearances.
They were arrested in Texas, where they had moved around 2005. It was unclear whether they have attorneys. A lawyer who represented them in a 2007 bankruptcy case didn't return a phone message Thursday.
Linda Bryant told investigators she did not kill the boys, the arrest warrant affidavit said. She denied most of the abuse allegations but acknowledged forcing the boys to exercise and withholding food, which she described as "delaying food," the affidavit said.
The affidavit makes no mention of any comment from the elder Edward Bryant about the abuse allegations. It says he denied signing any documents to get payments for the two boys and denied any knowledge of getting government money to help with their care.
Deputies are concentrating now on trying to find the boys, Maketa said. He said deputies have conducted a preliminary search at the Bryants' former home in Monument, just north of Colorado Springs, and further searches are planned there. Whether the search spreads to other areas depends on what investigators find, he said.
Asked if he thought the brothers were still alive, Maketa said, "You know, that's a very difficult question. What I can say is each day that passes, the faith of finding them alive diminishes."
At a news conference Thursday, Maketa displayed sketchy timelines of the two boys' lives. Edward was born in May 1992, Austin in January 1996. Both were adopted by the Bryants in March 2000.
Austin shows up in Monument-area school records from 2001 through late 2003, the sheriff said, but the paper trail ends in October 2003.
"There was some activity" in the younger Edward's Medicaid account in December 2003, the sheriff said, but after that, his trail also goes cold.
"Somebody out there knows something about them," Maketa said. "And what they may know may be old, but it's very important that we get access to those people and that information so that we know what direction this investigation is going to go."
The parents gave conflicting accounts of when they last saw the boys, Maketa said. Edward Bryant said the younger Edward ran away in 2001 and Austin in 2003, investigators said, while Linda Bryant said they both ran away in 2003.
Maketa said the family still lived in Colorado at the time but the parents didn't file a missing-person report.
The investigation started Jan. 22 when authorities were approached by Ricky and Bryan Pennington, brothers who were once foster children of Linda Bryant's biological daughter. They had been talking about contradictions in what they were told about why Austin and Edward were no longer with the Bryants, Maketa said.
After they were approached by the Pennington brothers, investigators tracked down James Bryant, one the missing boys' other adopted brothers and a soldier at Fort Campbell, Ky. It was James Bryant who told investigators about seeing Austin rolled up tightly to restrain him and that Austin was subjected to other abuse.
James Bryant said by the time he was adopted by Edward and Linda Bryant, the younger Edward was no longer in the home.
Bryan Pennington told investigators he too had seen Austin rolled tightly in blankets and left on the floor "for extended periods of time."
"This was apparently suggested to the Bryants by a therapist," the affidavit said, without further explanation.
Bryan Pennington also told investigators that Austin told him he had been shot by a stun gun by his adoptive parents and had sometimes been placed in a trunk in the garage. The affidavit includes no eyewitness to those accounts.
Maketa said the Bryants had adopted seven other children, including a biological brother of Austin and Edward. Five, including the missing boys' brother, were living with Linda Bryant when she was arrested.
A sixth brother is incarcerated, Maketa said, but it wasn't clear where, or on what conviction. The seventh brother is James Bryant, the soldier.
Linda Bryant was arrested Feb. 25 in Lake Kiowa. Edward Bryant was arrested the same day in Denton, Texas, where he works.
They were extradited to Colorado on March 4 and are being held in the El Paso County jail on charges including theft, forgery and falsified documents. Bail was set at $1 million for each.

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/national/12003754183697/affidavit-alleges-severe-abuse-of-missing-boy/

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:34 am

Colo. parents Edward and Linda Bryant abused one of their missing adopted boys, according to another brother.


(CBS/AP)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Investigators have learned that one of two Colorado boys who had been missing for years before it was reported was denied food, spanked, forced to run up and down stairs and rolled up tightly in blankets as punishment in the home of Edward and Linda Bryant, the boys' adoptive parents.



Austin Eugene Bryant and his biological brother Edward Dylan Bryant disappeared from their adoptive parents' home in Monument, Colo., by late 2003, according to police. Austin would have been 7 and Edward 11 at the time.


The couple who adopted them, Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, have been arrested on charges of receiving nearly $175,000 in government payments to support the boys, even though they weren't living with the couple for most of the decade.


Linda Bryant told investigators that she did not kill the boys and denied most of the abuse allegations. She did admit to forcing the boys to exercise and withholding food, which she described as "delaying food," according to an affidavit.


Deputies are now concentrating on trying to find the boys, with the focus starting in the Bryants' former hometown, Monument.


The parents gave conflicting accounts of when they last saw the boys. The Bryants lived in Colorado at the time when they said the boys ran away in 2003, but they didn't file a missing persons report.


Investigations started Jan. 22 when authorities were approached by Ricky and Bryan Pennington, brothers who were once foster children of Linda Bryant's biological daughter. They contacted investigators when they, too, were confused by Edward and Linda's story.


Investigators were able to contact James Bryant, one of the missing boys' other adopted brothers. It was James who described in detail Austin's abuse. Bryan Pennington also acknowledges seeing Austin being rolled up in blankets in order to restrain him for "extended periods of time."


The Bryants claim the technique was suggested to them by a therapist, the affidavit said.


Bryan Pennington also told investigators that Austin had claimed he'd been shot by a stun gun and even sometimes been placed in a trunk.


Linda Bryant was arrested Feb. 25 in Lake Kiowa, Texas. Edward Bryant was arrested the same day in Denton, Texas, where he works.


Both were extradited to Colorado on March 4 and are being held in the El Paso County jail on charges including theft, forgery and falsified documents. They have not been charged in the boys' disappearances.


Bail was set at $1million for each.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20042161-504083.html

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:35 am

Austin Bryant Was Severe Abused Before Disappearing, According To Affidavit~


DENVER — Deputies hunting for two brothers who disappeared years ago were checking out tips from the public Friday and planned to search again outside the adopted boys' former home near the Colorado foothills on Saturday.

A hot line received up to a dozen tips by Friday afternoon after El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa appealed a day earlier for the public's help to find Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant.

Investigators say the boys, biological brothers, apparently had disappeared by 2003 when the family lived in Monument, just north of Colorado Springs. Austin would have been 7 and Edward 11 at the time.

Law enforcement officers weren't alerted until January.

Sheriff's Lt. Lari Sevene said she didn't have specifics about any of the tips received but that all will be reviewed.

"Any information that comes in, we will assign to a detective to see if there's any significance," she said.

The boys' adoptive parents, Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, were arrested on charges of receiving nearly $175,000 in government payments to support the boys, even though they weren't living with the couple for most of the decade. They're being held in the El Paso County jail on charges including theft, forgery and falsified documents. Bail was set at $1 million for each.

They haven't been charged in the boys' disappearances. It was unclear whether they have attorneys.

The Bryants were arrested in Texas, where they had moved around 2005.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/austin-bryant-was-severe-_n_834471.html

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:36 am

Deputies Review Tips About Missing Adopted Boys~


Edward & Austin Bryant (credit: El Paso Co. Sheriff’s Office)
DENVER (AP) – Deputies hunting for two brothers who disappeared years ago were checking out tips from the public Friday and planned to search again outside the adopted boys’ former home near the Colorado foothills on Saturday.
A hot line received up to a dozen tips by Friday afternoon after El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa appealed a day earlier for the public’s help to find Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant.
Investigators say the boys, biological brothers, apparently had disappeared by 2003 when the family lived in Monument, just north of Colorado Springs. Austin would have been 7 and Edward 11 at the time.
Law enforcement officers weren’t alerted until January.
Sheriff’s Lt. Lari Sevene said she didn’t have specifics about any of the tips received but that all will be reviewed.
“Any information that comes in, we will assign to a detective to see if there’s any significance,” she said.
The boys’ adoptive parents, Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, were arrested on charges of receiving nearly $175,000 in government payments to support the boys, even though they weren’t living with the couple for most of the decade. They’re being held in the El Paso County jail on charges including theft, forgery and falsified documents. Bail was set at $1 million for each.



Edward Bryant (credit: El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office)
They haven’t been charged in the boys’ disappearances. It was unclear whether they have attorney. The Bryants were arrested in Texas, where they had moved around 2005.


Linda Bryant (credit: El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office)
Sevene said deputies have conducted at least one search at the Bryants’ former home using infrared technology designed to detect any disturbance in the soil.
Asked if the infrared scan could detect graves, Sevene said, “That’s certainly a possibility.”
Maketa has said the chances of finding the boys alive are shrinking.
In an arrest warrant affidavit, an adoptive brother of the missing boys, James Bryant, described abuses allegedly suffered by Austin.
Austin was denied food, spanked, forced to run up and down stairs and rolled up tightly in blankets “like a burrito” as punishment, James Bryant was quoted as saying.
Austin often grew so hungry that he scavenged food from a garbage can, said Bryant, now a soldier who was interviewed by Colorado investigators at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Bryant said by the time he was adopted by Edward and Linda Bryant, the younger Edward was no longer in the home.
Bryan Pennington, who was once in the foster care of Linda Bryant’s biological daughter, told investigators he too had seen Austin rolled tightly in blankets and left on the floor “for extended periods of time.”
Pennington also told investigators that Austin told him he had been shot by a stun gun by his adoptive parents and had sometimes been placed in a trunk in the garage, the affidavit says. The affidavit includes no eyewitness to those alleged events.
Linda Bryant told investigators she did not kill the boys, the affidavit said. She denied most of the abuse allegations but acknowledged forcing the boys to exercise and withholding food, which she described as “delaying food,” the affidavit said.
The affidavit makes no mention of any comment from the elder Edward Bryant about the abuse allegations. It says he denied signing any documents to get payments for the two boys and denied any knowledge of getting government money to help with their care.
The younger Edward Bryant was born in May 1992 and Austin in January 1996, investigators said. Both were adopted by the Bryants in March 2000. Investigators have said they found no school or medical records on either boy since late 2003.
The parents gave conflicting accounts of when they last saw the boys, Maketa said. Edward Bryant said the younger Edward ran away in 2001 and Austin in 2003, while Linda Bryant said they both ran away in 2003, investigators said
Maketa said the family still lived in Colorado at the time but the parents didn’t file a missing-person report.
The investigation started Jan. 22 when authorities were approached by Bryan Pennington and his brother, Ricky, who had both been foster children of Linda Bryant’s daughter. They had been talking about contradictions in what they were told about why Austin and Edward were no longer with the Bryants, Maketa said.
Linda Bryant was arrested Feb. 25 in Lake Kiowa, Texas. Edward Bryant was arrested the same day in Denton, Texas, where he works. Investigators said the couple were married but separated.
Maketa said the Bryants had adopted seven other children, including a biological brother of Austin and Edward. Five, including the missing boys’ brother, were living with Linda Bryant when she was arrested.
A sixth brother is incarcerated, Maketa said, but it wasn’t clear where, or on what conviction. The seventh brother is James Bryant, the soldier.
The El Paso County sheriff’s hot line for tips in the case is 719-520-7209.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/03/11/deputies-review-tips-about-missing-adopted-boys/

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:05 am

Many children turn up missing from foster care

By Lisa Collacott

Published: 04.01.11
When most people think of missing kids the first thing that comes to mind are the high profile cases that have received national attention over the years.

Abducted children such as Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck, Polly Klaas, Jaycee Dugard, Carla Brucia, Adam Walsh and Amber Hagerman — for whom the Amber Alert was named after — all come to memory. Some of these cases eventually had happy endings, even if it was several years later, but there were also some who didn’t.

Yet little attention is given to runaways or to the thousands of children that have gone missing after they have been placed in foster care.

According to a news report given by ABC News in July 2010, for every high profile missing children’s case there are hundreds of foster children who disappear from state care who are never reported. In most cases if they are teenagers they have run away from their foster home but younger children are often taken from non-custodial parents or family.



“We do have a very substantial incidence of kids disappearing from care,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children.

In the case of 5-year-old Rilya Wilson she was reported missing in April 2002 after the Florida Department of Children and Families failed to check on her for 16 months. Wilson was placed in the care of her grandmother. The grandmother claims a foster care worker removed the little girl from her custody in January 2001. She is still unaccounted for.

According to NCMEC there is an estimated 800,000 kids that are reported missing each year, equating to more than 2,000 kids every day. These statistics are based on a National Incidence Study done 10 years ago by the Department of Justice. The study is done every 10 years.

Allen said the study also shows that in children missing from care there are approximately 203,000 family abductions of which only 56,000 cases are actually reported. Overall there are an estimated 1.7 million runaways each year of which only 357,000 are reported.

“Some states don’t report because of privacy laws,” Allen said, referring to children who go missing from foster care. Many states will not inform law enforcement agencies because of the laws that have been put in place to protect the privacy and identity of the children. They can’t even release a name or picture of the child.

Allen said that children missing from care fall into three groups; those who run away, those who are abducted and those whose whereabouts are unknown.

In the recent case of Dylan Bryant and Edward Bryant Jr., the two Monument boys were reported missing in January. The boys have not been seen or heard from in nearly 10 years. Their adoptive parents Linda and Edward Bryant claimed the boys ran away, however the couple moved to Texas shortly after the boys disappeared and continued to receive money from the Department of Human Services. They have been arrested for fraud, but have not been charged in the disappearance of the boys.

Allen said there have been many cases where foster care parents have taken in kids for the revenue only to dispose of the kids while they continue to receive money from the state. He hopes that is not the case with the Bryants, however. The Bryants took the boys in as foster children.

“What’s unusual about this is that the family went ahead and adopted the kids,” Allen said.

After the Florida case Allen said that NCMEC has worked with the Child Welfare League to provide guidelines to law enforcement and child welfare agencies.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the whereabouts of the Edward Jr. and Austin Bryant. They ask that anyone with information call 719-390-5555

http://www.coloradocommunitynewspapers.com/articles/2011/04/11/tri_lakes_tribune/news/06_mo_nws_missing_kids.txt

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:21 am

Records: Texas couple collected thousands for missing boys


COLORADO SPRINGS - Newly released court documents suggest that for years, the adoptive parents of a pair of children with special needs continued to collect thousands of dollars from the El Paso County Department of Human Services without ever having to prove that either of their kids was in school or even alive.

The bizarre case has now turned into a potential homicide investigation for members of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, each remain in the El Paso County Jail on $1 million bonds. Both had been living in Texas, but were separated at the time of their arrests.

The two, court documents show, adopted Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant on March 3, 2000. A third boy was also adopted at the time, but his whereabouts are currently known.

Investigators believe the last "verifiable time that Edward Bryant was alive was 2001." They also say the last time they can prove Austin Bryant was alive was in 2003 when his mother took him out of a Monument school to start home schooling the boy.

The investigation into their disappearance only began in January when a friend of Austin contacted investigators.

That friend told investigators that, among other things, he believed that years ago Austin "was often kept in a trunk" and that his adoptive parents rolled Austin "in blankets so he could not move and looked similar to a mummy."

When contacted by investigators in January, court records show Linda Bryant initially said the two boys "were doing fine and were living with her in Texas."

"She said that they had both recently left, approximately two months ago, to go see their biological mother in Oklahoma," an investigator reported.

Later, that investigator said, she changed her story and said the boys had run away from their home in Monument "between 2003 and 2005," although she never reported it.

The Bryants, investigators believe, lived in Colorado between 1999 and 2005. "[Linda Bryant] admitted that she had been collecting money for both children, but had not seen nor heard from either child since 2003 to 2005," reported the investigator.

The money came from the El Paso County Department of Human Services. The parents collected $891.87 per child every month because they were deemed to be "special needs."

Between January 2001 and January of this year, court documents suggest the parents received $174,816.82 from the county.

"Ms. Bryant agreed that she had come to rely on the money," court records show.

Edward Bryant [Senior] initially told investigators that "both children had run away in El Paso County. He stated that Edward had runaway in 2001 and Austin had runaway in 2005 just prior to the family moving to Texas," according to court documents.

Both are being held on suspicion of a variety of charges including felony theft and forgery. It is important to note that investigators are not officially calling them suspects in any potential homicide.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Human Resources told 9NEWS on Thursday that, generally speaking, once a family adopts a child it's presumed the parents are taking care of the children and thus entitled to any available benefits without additional review.

"Ms. Bryant and Mr. Bryant have consistently reported that the children are living with them in their care. Ms. Linda Bryant has provided school documentation faxed to the Department of Human Services in El Paso [County] verifying that Edward Bryant... was in school in the State of Texas at Callisburg Christian Academy and was due to graduate in June of 2011. Attempts to verify that this school exists have failed. It does not appear to exist," read the investigator's report.

El Paso County investigators spent the day Thursday searching the grounds around the Bryant's old home near Monument.

http://www.9news.com/news/article/186564/339/Records-Couple-got-thousands-for-missing-boys

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:28 am



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Abuse and discovery of third adopted boy in 10-yr missing children case



Police report abuse and the existence of another missing boy from the case of the children that have been missing for ten years.
Court documents show that Linda and Edward Bryant not only adopted Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant, but they also adopted a third boy, in 2000. His name has not been released, but he has also been missing for years. There has been reports that the Bryants may have adopted up to eight children.
Austin has been missing for 7 years and Edward has been missing for 10 years, with the last "verifiable time that Edward Bryant was alive was 2001." The last time they can prove Austin was alive was in 2003, when Linda took him out of Monument school to start home schooling him.
A friend of Austin's, who is now 20, said that Austin told him that he was rolled into a blanket, so he could not move and was often put into a trunk.
A friend of Austin told him that his adoptive parents shocked him with a Taser gun. The friend said that Austin's torso was covered in welts. He also frequently had black eyes and cuts on his face, according to the court documents.
At first, Linda Bryant said the boys had left recently and then she changed her story and said they had run away between 2003 and 2005.
The Bryant's never reported the boys missing and continued to receive $891.89 for each child per month. From January 2001 to January of this year, when the investigators checked on the boys, the parents had received $174,816.82 from the county.
A spokesperson for the Colorado Dept of Human Resources said that once a family adopts a child it's presumed the parents are taking care of the children and thus entitled to any available benefits without additional review, according to 9NEWS.
"Ms. Bryant and Mr. Bryant have consistently reported that the children are living with them in their care. Ms. Linda Bryant has provided school documentation faxed to the Department of Human Services in El Paso verifying that Edward Bryant…was in school in the state of Texas at Callisburg Christian Academy and was due to graduate in June of 2011. Attempts to verify that this school exists have failed. It does not appear to exist," the investigator's report stated.
Linda and Edward Bryant are currently being held in El Paso County jail on a $1 million bond.
If anyone has any information about Austin or Edward they are asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.
http://www.examiner.com/missing-persons-in-national/abuse-and-discovery-of-third-missing-boy-10-yr-missing-children-case#ixzz1GK3Qz7Nq

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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:21 am


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PostSubject: Re: Austin (7/15) & Edward (9/18) Bryant Missing 2003/2001   Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:58 am


Colorado Authorities Search for Kids Missing for Up to 10 Years



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/10/authorities-search-texas-couples-kids-missing-10-years/#ixzz1Yp6UGYvq

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