ELYRIA — Police and federal agents continued to search a wooded area off Mussey Avenue for a third day Tuesday in connection with the 2015 disappearance of Tierra Bryant.
Investigators from Middleburg Heights and the FBI continue searching the area around Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Tuesday.
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In a Tuesday morning email, FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said the investigation is ongoing and no details were being released.
“You can expect to see law enforcement, Middleburg Heights Police Department and the FBI, along with the assistance from Elyria Police Department, conducting investigative activities,” her email said. “We cannot provide specifics at this time. If at some point investigative activities warrant an announcement to be made to the media/public, a statement will be made by law enforcement authorities.”
Rashan Hunt, 39, who has extensive ties to Elyria and Cleveland, is facing murder charges in the suspected homicide of the 19-year-old Bryant, who was last seen March 30, 2015, with Hunt. Police said Bryant sent a text to a friend wanting a ride from a Middleburg Heights motel, but when the friend arrived, Bryant was gone.
No one has seen or heard from Bryant since and police have not found her body.
Authorities arrested Hunt in Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month in connection with Bryant’s disappearance, and he waived extradition to return to Ohio to face charges.
Monday, a man arrived with law enforcement in handcuffs and a hooded jacket over his head. He walked into the densely wooded area near the old Maverick Tube Corp. He later was driven away in an unmarked sport utility vehicle. Authorities would not confirm that the man was Hunt.
A short time later, a city of Elyria excavator was brought to the area, and it was used again Tuesday.
Middleburg Heights police Lt. Rob Swanson said there were no additional updates about the search for Bryant on Tuesday other than Anderson’s email. Investigators cleared the area about 4 p.m.
Police said they couldn’t release any further information or if they would be back to search the area today.
Hunt has a history with police in Elyria that goes back to 1999 when he was accused of assaulting his child’s mother and, in a separate incident, shot a man four times, a crime for which he ended up serving more than 10 years in prison.
He lived in Elyria for several years before the stint in prison.
Hunt was sentenced after confessing to a July 26, 1999, shooting at an apartment on West River Road North. Hunt told police he went to the apartment with a loaded 9 mm handgun, shot Sierra Carey four times and stole a watch and $500, police said.
Reporters Lisa Roberson and Madison Tromler contributed to this story.
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