At last, an update in the Bryant boys’ cases

I have written about Austin and Edward Bryant, two biological brothers who were adopted out of foster care in Colorado. They disappeared — apparently separately — and no one’s sure when or how. Their adoptive “parents” never reported them missing. Just like in the Adam Herrman case. Actually, the similarities are striking:

  1. In both cases, the boys’ foster parents adopted them
  2. There were other children in both homes
  3. Adam was “homeschooled” and so was Austin, not sure about Edward
  4. There are serious allegations of abuse in both the Bryant and the Herrman homes
  5. The parents got state benefits for the children, which they continued to collect long after the disappearances
  6. Years passed before the boys were reported missing
  7. In both cases the parents provided conflicting stories to explain the disappearances before the boys were reported missing
  8. After the missing persons reports were filed, both Adam’s parents and Edward and Austin’s parents told the police they ran away from home
  9. Both sets of parents were charged in connection with all the benefits they took after the boys were no longer living with them
  10. And, of course, in both cases foul play is suspected

    Anyway, this week Edward and Austin Bryant’s mother, Linda, pleaded guilty to theft, conspiracy to commit theft, and attempting to influence a public servant. She faces 4 to 648 years in prison, depending on whether her sentences will run concurrently or consecutively. Sentencing is on March 30. I hope it runs to the high end, if only so the authorities will have time to find out what happened to the boys.

    If they are alive — and I think it’s extremely unlikely — Edward would be 19 today and Austin would be 15. But they’ve probably both been dead for years.

12 thoughts on “At last, an update in the Bryant boys’ cases

  1. forthelost January 15, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    I always thought “they ran away” was even more ridiculous in the Bryant boys’ case than with Adam Hermann. I can buy an eleven year old running away, even if they couldn’t succeed at it for an extended period of time, but a seven year old and a nine year old?

    • Meaghan January 16, 2012 / 6:35 am

      Well, once it was established that the boys weren’t with relatives anyone they knew, there weren’t a whole lot of alternative explanations.

      • forthelost January 17, 2012 / 1:11 pm

        There’s the “died accidentally” excuse. And since it’s been so long since they died there aren’t many ways to disprove it.

  2. Diane January 17, 2012 / 3:03 am

    These cases burn me up something awful, because they give people who are biased against adoption/adoptive families fuel for their argumentative fire. I would love to at least beat up the people responsible for these children’s disappearances, if not personally put the needle in their veins should they ever be convicted of the children’s murders and sentenced to death.

  3. Mary Hider January 28, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    my name is mary hider i am dylan and austens real mother i thought i was giving my children a better life i didnt expect to wakeup in this nightmare when i did it i wanted my boys to have everything i couldnt give them and now i am living every mothers worst nightmare…. today is austens 16th birthday and it is very hard for me to deal with….i hope she rotts in hell for this she is a sadistic sick animal that desreves everything she did to my little boys….please help me find them and put them to rest in theyre home town of vinita oklahoma where everyone loves them very much….I LOVE YOU BOYS VERY MUCH…. IF YOU ARE ALIVE I HOPE THAT YOU READ THIS AND KNOW YOU HAVE ALWAYSBEEN LOVED AND NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK ABOUT YOU….

  4. mary hider February 8, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    you would figure there would be more responces to a case like this but its like noone cares but me and my family…. what if it was your children that this happened to you would do anything and everything that you could to findout what happened to them..if anyone knows anything evben the most smallest thing would help in finding my children

    • Meaghan February 8, 2012 / 8:52 pm

      I have written about your children on this blog a few other times and gotten comments — about an average number for this blog. I am very sorry for your loss and I hope your boys are found.

  5. Mary Hider February 21, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    so do i but i know in my heart that they have been gone since the day they vanished 11 years ago now.austen just had his16th birthday. you know i have always thought that they were happy and growing never knowing that theyre lives were cut short by sadistic animals.they painted such a pretty picture goes to show dont believe everything you see.if i had known what i do now i would have never signed any papers.i prey and hope every day that dylan comes knocking on my door saying im home mom.

    • Branda schrock April 25, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      Hi Mary, did your boys story ever get solved
      ?

      • Meaghan April 25, 2017 / 7:24 pm

        Nope…

    • Megan July 23, 2020 / 12:13 pm

      Mary, I currently volunteer with search and rescue near monument in the k9 unit. Do you know what kind of searches have been done? Also, there is a very big group in CO now that I think could help. They are a team of scientists and law enforcement volunteers that specializes in cold cases NECRO Search international. They have had huge success. I hope I hear from you and I hope and pray you will be able to get the answers and justice you deserve. Please let me know if I can help.

  6. fuzz July 16, 2017 / 2:47 am

    Why are the police still not questioning them, I know they’re in jail, but still..

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