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Man indicted in woman's 2015 disappearence


A Cuyahoga County grand jury formally indicted 39-year-old Rashan Hunt in connection with the disappearance of a 19-year-old woman last seen in Middleburg Heights in 2015.

Hunt, who has ties to Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, faces charges of voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, offenses against a human corpse and obstructing official business. An arraignment hearing for Hunt is set for 8:30 a.m. July 19 in a Cuyahoga County courtroom.

The indictment comes as investigators from Middleburg Heights police and the FBI turn to Elyria for clues in the unsolved disappearance of Tierra Bryant, who was last seen March 30, 2015, at a Middleburg Heights motel. Bryant was reportedly last seen with Hunt and called for a ride from a friend after saying she felt uncomfortable. A police report said Bryant never came out of the motel when the friend arrived and was reported missing the next day.

Police and family have searched for the 19-year-old ever since, and a break in the case came last month when the FBI announced Hunt was arrested in Sacramento, Calif., in connection with Bryant’s disappearance.

Days later, Middleburg Heights police began scouring a wooded area off Mussey Avenue in Elyria in connection with the case.

Middleburg Heights police Lt. Rob Swanson said police are following leads in the case as they come in, but could not disclose how Elyria fits into the investigation.

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