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8. The search for Tierra Bryant

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    Investigators work near a wooded area where skeletal remains were found off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Thursday.

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    Middleburg Heights Police Chief John Maddox, left, walks with Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely on Thursday on Mussey Avenue in Elyria.

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    Margaret Johnson, Tierra Bryant's great aunt, center, leaves the nvestigation scene on Mussey Avenue in Elyria on July 20.

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    Margaret Johnson, Tierra Bryant's great aunt , looks at investigation scene on Mussey Avenue in Elyria on July 20.

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    An excavator was brought in late afternoon on Mussey Avenue on July 20.

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    Investigators enter a wooded area where skeletal remains were found off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on July 20.

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    Investigators returned to Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Thursday.

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    Margaret Johnson, Tierra Bryant's great aunt, arrived at the scene of an investigation on Mussey Avenue.

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    Investigators returned to Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Thursday.

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    Mussey Avenue in Elyria is blocked off June 29.

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    Mussey Avenue in Elyria is blocked off June 29.

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    Mussey Avenue in Elyria is blocked off June 29.

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    FBI employees walk in the search area off Mussey Avenue in Elyria as they look for the body of Tierra Bryant, who went missing in 2015.

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    Investigators from Middleburg Heights and the FBI continue searching the area around Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Tuesday.

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    Police and the FBI searched the area off Mussey Avenue again on Monday.

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    FBI and police put tarps into place as they work in one specific area of the wooded lot off Mussey Avenue in Elyria

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    Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team form into a line as they prepare to search the wooded area off Mussey Avenue in elyria.

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    Police and FBI agents investigate the area off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Wednesday.

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    A member of the search team walks along the woodline off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Wednesday.

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    Police and FBI evidence teams search in the woods off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Wednesday.

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    Police and FBI evidence teams gather for a briefing before beginning a search in the woods off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Wednesday.

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    Members of the FBI search team prepare to enter the woods to do a search off Mussey Avenue in Elyria on Wednesday.

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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.



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