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  1. #1
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    Mar 2005

    TX - Cristy Ryno, 3, abducted & murdered, Irving, 17 April 1999

    3 yr old Cristy Ryno was from Irving, Texas. On the morning of April 17, 1999, Cristy's mother went to wake up Cristy, but instead found her to be missing. Cristy's twin sister, Tiffany, was still sleeping. An Amber Alert was issued.
    The little girl's body was pulled out of the Trinity River, roughly 5 miles from her home, on April 21, 1999. As of today, her killer is still at large, and her great aunt now has custody of her twin sister. Focuses appeared to be on the family, however DNA found on Cristy's body cleared all 4 adults she was living with.Police say probable causes of death are suffocation, strangle, or drowning. However, due to the state of compostion of the body, they may never know.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew of any updates in the case. They first thought it might be related to the disapearance of Opal Jennings, as the abductions happened close together and the towns were not that far apart, but that was later believed to be untrue. Cristy was an adorable little girl - I hope one day her killer can be brought to justice. There is so little available on her abduction/murder, it is very frustrating.
    "well, in my mind, my opinion is not so humble at all...it's just my opinion"

    Megan Kanka
    December 7, 1986 - July 31, 1994
    forever missed

    Someone, somewhere knows what happened to CRYSTAL TYMICH

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Northern Virginia
    This one appears to be solved.

    Brett Bednarek was charged with her murder; he was convicted in 2002 or so of sexually assaulting her, and he's in jail. Can't find anything right now on the murder trial; one or both are up on appeal. However, the police used DNA evidence to convict.

    From what I could gather, it sounds like the home environment was bad for these little girls - there are allegations that there were drugs in the house, and when the girl went missing it was deemed that the other girl could not stay in the home and was given to another relative to be raised. Apparently the mother was sharing the apartment with several other people.

    Of course, those allegations were made by Brett's family...they have a website stating their side of the story (if you Google his name, you'll find it). So who knows. Custody of the surviving twin was definitely given to another relative.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    From July 2003:


    Brett Bednarek, 27, avoided a capital murder trial for the 1999 death of Cristy Ryno by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of murder, Judge Boyd Patterson said.

    The term will run concurrently with the 99-year prison term he received June 19 after being convicted of sexually assaulting the youngster, making him eligible for parole in 30 years.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    in TX from ARKANSAS
    Funny thing I was actually thinking about this last night , she lived in the apts. directly across the lot from where two UID's were found one of them I submitted for a match to Kimberly Cheatham as I drove by the spot in the river where Christy was found I was wondering if Brett was a lifer, I hope he is never granted parole! , and I often wonder about the surviving twin and how her life has turned out after such a horrible start
    Suzanne Marie Sevakis Welcome home.

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