Dental records and tattoos provided all the proof investigators needed to determine that skeletal remains found in July in a wooded area off Mussey Avenue after days of searching were those of missing 19-year-old Tierra Bryant.
The FBI found the remains about 4 feet below ground in an area where Bryant’s suspected killer, Rashan Hunt, told authorities she was buried.
Bryan was last seen with Hunt, 30, in a Middleburg Heights hotel in March 2015. Authorities tracked down Hunt to California where he was arrested and later charged with voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, offenses against a human corpse and obstruction official business.
Hunt has ties to Elyria going back to the late 1990s and has lived in the area sporadically. He spent about 11 years in prison for an attempted murder in Elyria.
According to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court records, Hunt has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is due back in court Jan. 10.
- 2017 in review
- Work begins to ID body found off Mussey Avenue
- Remains found off Mussey Avenue identified as Tierra Bryant
- Human remains unearthed at Mussey Avenue site in Elyria
- UPDATE: Human remains found at Mussey Avenue investigation site
- Man indicted in woman's 2015 disappearence
- Mussey Avenue reopens today
- Mussey Avenue remains closed until Wednesday as investigation continues
- FBI again scours area off Mussey Avenue in Elyria
- Law enforcement looks for missing woman in Mussey Avenue area
- UPDATED: Search of Elyria area in woman's disappearance finds nothing; investigation continues