Mar 13, 2011 7:26 PM by Matt Stafford
Investigators continued into the weekend, scouring near the home that Edward Bryant junior and his brother Austin were last know to live at on Granite Circle in Monument; but they wouldn't have known there was a disappearance to look into at all if it wasn't for family friends saying the boys were missing.
"That's what really launched the suspicion and got us looking into it," explained El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa at a press conference last week.
The Bryant boys were fostered to Edward and Linda Bryant in the late 1990s, and then adopted March 3rd, 2000.
In court documents a witness says from 2004 - 2005, when they lived with the family, Edward junior was already gone and Austin was repeatedly abused. They say Austin was in and out of the home, and then gone in the spring of 2005. The Sheriff's office found out that the family moved to Texas, but not the boys.
"There is no indication for us to believe that they made the trip to Texas," said Maketa.
Edward junior was last seen in 2001. Reports were filed for Edward with a school in Texas in October 2010, but after investigating the Sheriff's office doesn't believe the school exists.
Austin was enrolled in School District 38 in 2003, but pulled out to be home schooled. There are no records for him since.
After opening a case in January, in February deputies found the Bryants in Texas. Both Linda and Edward acknowledged the boys had been missing for years, and that they had taken money for raising the boys that weren't there. They said the boys ran away. Court documents show the two made 206 false reports of caring for the boys between January 2001 and January 2011, getting nearly $175,000 from the State of Colorado.
Linda and Edward Bryant were arrested and brought back to Colorado to face charges this month. They're being held at the Criminal Justice Center on $1 million dollars bond apiece. They're facing several charges related to the false filings and state money received. Their first court appearance will be March 17th
As for now the Sheriff's office keeps searching for the boys, and they're hoping it's not too late.
"Each day that passes, the faith of finding them alive diminishes," says Maketa.
If they are alive Edward would now be 18-years old and Austin would be 15. The sheriff's office is asking anyone who knows anything to come forward. You can call them at (719) 390-5555.