Man arrested for killing Tierra Bryant
The heart-throbbing Cleveland 20-year old woman, Tierra Bryant who had been reported missing since March 30, 2015 is now believed to be a victim of murder and her suspected killer 39-year-old Rashad Hunt has been arrested in California according to multiple law enforcement agencies.
The Call & Post spoke to Bryant’s father on the one year anniversary of her disappearance and there was still fleeting hope that his daughter was alive somewhere.
However, his worst fear and that of her mother, family and friends was realized on Tuesday June 20, two years after she was reported missing when the FBI's Cleveland office along with Middleburg Heights police reported a major break in in the case.
It was then authorities announced that an arrest had been made in California in the 2015 case.
Sacramento police, its FBI’s Evidence Response Team along with agents from the Violent Crime Task Force apprehended Hunt on a murder warrant.
Authorities believe Bryant was murdered although her body has yet to be recovered.
The family, which began handing out flyers on East 117th Street and St. Clair Ave. immediately after reporting her missing, credited investigators with doing all they could to solve the crime.
The 5’4 Bryant was last seen She was last seen around the Motel 6 on Engle Road in Middleburg Heights. She was last seen wearing grey and white "Pink" pants, a black sweatshirt, black and pink boots, and cream colored head wrap.
Before her disappearance she was taking online college classes and working for Wendy’s fast food chain on Cleveland’s Westside.
Freddie Bryant told the Call & Post that people believed they had seen his daughter.
“My daughter is like Tupac, Elvis and Big Foot…People say they seen her, but there is nothing solid to confirm any of that,” he told the newspaper.
The Shaker Heights grad was assumed to be dating an older man, but after police questioning that man moved to California and it was not known at press-time if it was the same man arrested for her murder.
Bryant she sent an ominous text message to a girl friend about the man when she was last seen near the Motel 6 on Engle Road in Middleburg Heights.
According to an affidavit, Bryant sent her friend a text that said, "Ok we still on our way to the room he being weird." She then asked her friend to come to the room, but when the friend arrived, Bryant was gone.
Police questioned a man shortly after, but would not call him a suspect despite reports of his car showing traces of bleach and his clothes being covered in mud. Witnessed also reported seeing the man burning items inside a 55-gallon drum.
Hunt will be brought back to Cleveland to face murder charges.