Investigator | Tierra Bryant sent ominous text before disappearance

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Tierra Bryant sent a friend an ominous text message late on March 30. She has not been seen since.

That text and other details about the man Bryant was with were part of an affidavit Middleburg Heights police noted in an effort to gain a court order to search the man's car. He is believed to be one of the last people to see the 20-year-old woman.

The judge's order allowed police to take swabs of the interior and trunk of a car used by the man the night Bryant disappeared. The swabs will be tested for DNA.

According to police, Bryant and the man were traveling together to a Motel 6 on Engle Road. On the way, Bryant texted a friend: "ok we still on our way to the room he being weird."

Bryant then asked her friend to come to the motel. When the friend arrived, Bryant was gone. She has not been heard from since.

"It crushed me," said her father, Freddie Bryant. "Crushed everybody that knows her and knows our family."

Police have questioned the man, but Police Chief John Maddox declined to call him a suspect. Detectives, however, say the man's alibi is being called into question. Detectives also say the man acted nervously the day after Bryant's disappearance. His clothes were covered in mud "from head to toe," court records show.

In addition, witnesses say they saw the man burning items inside a 55-gallon drum.

Furthermore, detectives noted signs of liquid bleach while examining the inside of his vehicle. They also obtained impressions from the car's tire treads.

Despite a flurry of tips from the public, police say they are no closer to determining what happened to Tierra Bryant, almost two months ago.

"We need help is what we really need," said Chief John Maddox. "We need help."

Bryant's family say they need answers. Freddie Bryant said the family is unfamiliar with the man Tierra was with the night she disappeared. They say she is strong-willed, bright and talented and they simply want her to come home.

With the help of friends, the family has posted fliers, created social media sites and used billboards to bring attention to Bryant's disappearance.

"The hardest part is not knowing that she's OK," her father said.

Bryant is a 2013 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. She is studying to work in the medical field while also holding down two jobs. A reward is being offered for information leading to her return.

"I feel that she is still with us," said Sonja Craig, Tierra's grandmother. "I really feel that she is still with us. I don't have any feeling that she's not."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 440-243-1234.


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