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

Discussion in '1980's Missing' started by missacorah, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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    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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  3. audrey77

    audrey77 CJ Analyst

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

     
  4. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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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...
     
  5. michelle

    michelle Joy comes in the Morning

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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.
     
  7. michelle

    michelle Joy comes in the Morning

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    I cant believe that they couldnt charge him....Lock them both up!!:behindbar
     
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    missacorah New Member

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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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  12. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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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?
     
  13. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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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

    (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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    missacorah New Member

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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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    kwatson696 Proud Mom

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    [​IMG] Police make arrest in child killing 25 years ago

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    By Moustafa Ayad, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]Nicole Lynn Bryner before she disappeared at age 3.


    Police last night charged a woman's once live-in boyfriend with the death of her child whom the woman had claimed was abducted almost a quarter century ago from a South Side supermarket. Timothy Wayne Widman, 51, was arraigned this morning on homicide and related charges in the 1982 killing of Nicole Lynn Bryner, then 3.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06270/725382-100.stm
     
  18. MagicRose99

    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    I believe that that poor excuse for a mother ought to be charged too! She obviously lied about an abduction to cover up the boyfriend's crime... may they both rot for what they did to that little girl.
     
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    "I believe my Uncle Tim should not be charged for a murder he did not commit," said the suspect's niece, Daymea Widman.

    She is angry with Bryner's mother for making up that story about Nicole's disappearance after she, Melody Thomas, knew that Nicole died accidentally after Widman struck her.
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    "I'm upset more or less with the mother," said Daymea Widman. "It's sad that she died, but I wish she was still alive to be charged and not my uncle. It's sad to say she went to her grave waiting for her baby to come home when she knew what happened to her daughter."

    Unbelievable! Yes, the mother was also at fault, but the niece thinks that absolves her uncle?!?! Ummmm....He confessed!

    http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_270221510.html
     
  20. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    I agree with you MagicRose.
     
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    What a little doll baby. The mother lied yet the boyfriend admitted at the time that he hit the little girl and she died.....yet they dropped the charges because the didn't have the body???? Why did they need the body if he admitted it? The mom should be charged to...she lied.

    So how were they able to bring charges now without the body? Boy I'm confused!
     

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