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    PA - Nicole Lynn Bryner, 3, Pittsburgh, 11 March 1982

    This gorgeous little girl has been missing since 1982 when she was 3 years old. She was with her mother in a supermarket and was sitting in a shopping cart. When her mother turned around to get something Nicole just seemed to disappear! Nicole disappeared from Pittsburgh.

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    Here's a link- if this helps: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/201dfpa.html

    Nicole Bryner's mother told police her daughter was abducted March 9, 1982 at a Giant Eagle in the South Side.
    An extensive search provided few clues as to her whereabouts. Four years later, the mother's then-boyfriend allegedly confessed he had punched Bryner and accidentally killed her. Police never found the body he allegedly buried in a wooded area along Timberland Road in Brookline. Charges were never brought against the suspect, despite the alleged confession he made while serving time on burglary charges. Nicole has never been found.
    Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 05-04-2010 at 10:33 PM. Reason: updated doe network link

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    Thanks Audrey77, how sad! I was hanging onto the hope that someone had took a shine to the little girl and perhaps taken her and brought her up as their own...

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    so was the mother covering up for the boyfriend then?

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    There is a little more info on charleyproject.org. The charges were dropped against the boyfriend for lack of evidence (even though he confessed?) The mother was arrested for hindering prosecution and lying to authorities. The boyfried claims she helped him bury Nicole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sisters
    There is a little more info on charleyproject.org. The charges were dropped against the boyfriend for lack of evidence (even though he confessed?) The mother was arrested for hindering prosecution and lying to authorities. The boyfried claims she helped him bury Nicole.
    I cant believe that they couldnt charge him....Lock them both up!!

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    Absolutely! How could a mother side with someone who had taken their childs life? I would feel justice had not been done till I had taken theirs - never mind help them get out of it by disposing of the body!

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    I just can't belive that there wasn't enough evidence. He confessed to killing her!

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    There needs to be more than a confession to prove murder. Nutcases confess all the time to crimes they did not commit. The police have to be able to corroborate the statement, for example if they had Nicole's body, or a witness to the murder, something like that.

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    Nicole Bryner, Pittsburgh, PA, 03-11-82

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    They are filing charges again against the mother's boyfriend.

    Several new articles today about this case. Her body has never been found.
    http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_270063701.html

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06270/725382-100.stm

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_472436.html


    This is a very sad case. This little girl suffered and no one did anything to help her. I wonder why the aunt did not step in and take her.


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    Thank you so much for posting this. I cant believe I only looked Nicole up at the start of the week and now this break through! I am delighted. Do we know how her mother died?

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    There has been a break through in this case. Please see the other thread in Cold Cases for links.

    Widman, the mothers boyfriend who initailly confessed to the crime has been arrested. It is not known what new evidence has been found but its not thought to be Nicoles body. He is now 51 years old and is currently in jail.

    This has always been one of my 'pet cases' if you like and I look Nicole up often - delighted with this! You never know what other cases will finally be solved or have progress made on them!

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    Her sister, Marie, claims she suffered a breakdown. She was digging up her front yard in Texas looking for Nicole. She also said that complications from back surgery had something to do with it. Marie claims Widman hit Melody as well and threatened her not to tell the police what happened. Rumors had it they both did drugs. Another case of a mother choosing her boyfriend and his lifestyle rather than being a good parent. I think she died of a guilty conscience.


    Another article from today talks about the police investigation back in 1982 and 1986.

    http://www.postgazette.com/pg/06271/725735-53.stm

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    Charges Filed In Child's 1982 Death

    Charges Filed In Child's 1982 Death

    (KDKA/AP) PITTSBURGH A Pittsburgh man who confessed two decades ago to killing his girlfriend's daughter -- only to have the case thrown out -- has been charged again in the toddler's death.

    Police say changes in the law are letting them prosecute the case, even though the child's body was never found.

    Three-year-old Nicole Bryner was reported missing from a supermarket in 1982.

    Four years later, Timothy Widman confessed to hitting the child, and burying her in the woods after he and the mother discovered she had died.

    But the charges were dropped when prosecutors said they couldn't prove a crime had occurred.

    The D.A.'s office now says "clarifications in the laws" surrounding cases without a body cleared the way for new charges.

    The child's mother died in 2001.

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    Its amazing isnt it - how many choose their partners freedom over their own flesh and blood? But how can they possibly carry on 'as normal' after that? Isnt there any resentment from the childs relative towards their childs killer? Or is their 'love' really that blind!

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