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    Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant, seen here when they were 7 and 9-years-old, have been missing for at least a decade, authorities say.

    Authorities are trying to determine how the whereabouts of two Colorado boys went unnoticed for up to a decade.
    Law enforcement sources told FoxNews.com Thursday that authorities are now searching for Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant, who haven't been seen for at least 10 years.
    Colorado Springs sheriff's spokeswoman Lari Sevene said in an interview that the boys -- ages 7 and 9 at the time of their disappearance -- were living with their adoptive parents in the Monument area north of Colorado Springs.
    The boys were enrolled in a school but had been taken out to be home-schooled, Sevene said.
    Edward Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54, the boys' adoptive parents, were arrested in Texas and extradited to Colorado. Both are being held in the El Paso County jail on $1 million bail each, facing theft, conspiracy, forgery and other charges stemming from collecting subsidies from the El Paso County Department of Human Services. The two have so far not been charged in the disappearances of Austin and Edward.

    Fifty-eight-year-old Edward Bryant and 54-year-old Linda Bryant, the boys' adoptive parents, are being held in the El Paso County jail on $1 million bail each.


    Sevene said the investigation began when the The El Paso County Sheriff's Office in Colorado received a "suspicious incident report" on Jan. 22 involving the disappearance of Austin Bryant.
    Upon further investigation, authorities found that Austin was last seen some time between 2003 and 2005. Investigators then discovered that a second child, identified as Edward Dylan Bryant, was also unaccounted for. Edward is believed to be missing since as early as 2001.
    No missing persons report for the boys was ever filed, leading investigators to wonder how the children's whereabouts went unnoticed for so long.
    "Thatís part of what weíre trying to determine -- to see why that wasn't reported," Sevene said. "There are a lot of questions that need to be answered."
    The Bryants lived in the Monument area north of Colorado Springs between 1999 and 2005. Edward Bryant was living in Denton, Texas, at the time of his arrest, while Linda Bryant was living in Gainesville, Texas.
    "I don't really remember them, but they seemed like shady people," one of the Bryants' neighbors told kktv.com. "Something just wasn't quite right."
    The sheriff's office plans to conduct a neighborhood canvass and follow up on other leads to find the children, who would now be 15 and 18.
    Anyone with information on the boys is being asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report


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    I dont think this will end well

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    I've heard this story a few times before, no it never ends well

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    Gee...wonder what happened??? Fuckers. This is on of the reasons I'm so anti home schooling. There is no one to account for the safety and well being of children, other than their parents. And when something happens with a child, normally it's the parents.

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    Horrific. And they got away with it all this time.
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    3/11/2011 6:37 AM
    Affidavit alleges severe abuse of missing boy

    By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press

    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.

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    The El Paso County sheriff's hot line for tips in the case is 719-520-7209.

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    Associated Press writers Catherine Tsai in Denver and Danny Robbins in Dallas and news researcher Judy Ausuebel in New York contributed to this report.
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    Doesn't look like that fat bitch ever exercised or was subjected to "delaying food".

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    It's going to be so hard to prove anything against these shit-stains.

    What about a Federal law that makes it mandatory to report a missing child? Report within 12 hours for a child under 8; 48 hours for a child under 11; report within two weeks for a child 11 - 17? And make the penalties onerous. Fifteen or 20 years. That would at least give prosecutors something to work with in cases like this. Facing long prison sentences might make the "parents" rat each other out to get a deal.

    It's like you have to jump through all kinds of legal hoops to do much of anything in this society -- except raise children and prove that you're caring for them.

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    if these are truly gone, I hope that it was painless and quick and that their remains are together somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by VadaFaith View Post
    What about a Federal law that makes it mandatory to report a missing child? Report within 12 hours for a child under 8; 48 hours for a child under 11; report within two weeks for a child 11 - 17? And make the penalties onerous. Fifteen or 20 years.
    People who kill their kids are not going to report them missing regardless of the penalty. The penalty for murder or manslaughter already hasn't deterred them.

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    It might not deter the parents, but it would give procecutors some kind of tool for charging and prosecuting the parents when they don't have the body.

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    They've already got tools they can use but they'll be searching for the kids first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    People who kill their kids are not going to report them missing regardless of the penalty. The penalty for murder or manslaughter already hasn't deterred them.
    All the laws on the books against child abuse don't seem to deter much of anybody, either. Doesn't mean the laws aren't useful when the abuse is uncovered.

    When there's no body, it's difficult to make a murder charge stick. Especially after 10 years. There should be some fall-back besides some child neglect charge. Or, as in this case, welfare fraud.

    Maybe a law isn't the answer. Hell, I don't know. It just seems like "woops, we lost the kids" is going on all over the damn place, and without bodies or proof of harm, the only thing the cops can prove without a doubt is that the child is missing and the custodial adults didn't report it. Society should take that seriously.

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