Kristyn Richerson

 
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Details of Disappearance
We are looking for information on the whereabouts of Kristyn Richerson. Subject left home and has not been heard from since. If you have seen her or have a way to contact her, please have her call Investigator Don Johnson.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: 

Muskogee Police: 918-683-8000

News Stories:

  • Missing Since: May 25, 2018 from Oklahoma.

  • Race: American Indian

  • Gender: Female


Charges filed in ongoing search for missing woman

Muskogee Phoenix: Jul 23, 2018

A comprehensive search at 1322 Houston St., turned up no human remains in the search for Kristyn Richerson, said Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge. That leaves the investigation into the location of Richerson, “ongoing,” Loge said. On Friday, the same day as the search, Loge filed charges against an unknown suspect – “John Doe” – for first-degree murder.

“Anybody with information should come forward immediately,” Loge said.

The search followed a tip from a “subject close to the case,” according to a police affidavit. The tipster said that Cody Ray Campbell, a roommate of Richerson, had informed them Carl Bryce, another roommate, had stabbed and killed Richerson.

Both men were initially held as material witnesses in the case. Following their release, they face charges related to a truck reported stolen that was found at the residence, Loge said.

Richerson was reported missing on July 6 by her sister, according to the affidavit.

Investigators discovered that Richerson had not recently used her Oklahoma Access Card, and that her last bank transaction was on May 15.

“It was also determined that one of Richerson’s roommates, Carl Bryce, had in fact made the most recent transaction using Richerson’s Oklahoma Access Card,” the affidavit states.

Investigators followed up with Bryce, who told them he and Richerson had gone to Pryor for Rocklahoma on May 25. Richerson then left with an unknown female, Bryce said, according to the affidavit..

“However, cell phone tower locations showed that Richerson’s cell phone had not left Muskogee,” the affidavit states.

During one of their encounters with Bryce, the affidavit asserts, investigators observed a pile of dirt in the northwest corner of the back yard, “and also an odor of decomposition.”

The tipster who first alerted authorities to Campbell’s statement implicating Bryce in Richerson’s death also noted the pile of dirt and the odor, and said that Bryce and Campbell had been selling or giving away Richerson’s belongings.


Candlelight vigil to be held for missing woman

Muskogee Phoenix: July 31, 2018 by Chesley Oxendine

“Lynn Martinez says she can’t walk through her home without thinking of her missing friend, Kristyn Richerson.

“In every room in my house is a project she’s worked on,” Martinez said. “If I needed help, she was always there.”

Friends and family of Richerson, who has been missing since May 15, will hold a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 18 in front of Richerson’s home at 1322 Houston St.

“We want to do something to keep her name out there,” said event organizer Adele Burnette. “We want to make sure she’s not forgotten.”

Martinez started an account at Armstrong Bank called “Justice for Kris.” 

Donors can visit any Armstrong Bank branch and deposit money into the account, said Armstrong Bank employee Amy Roberts. Martinez said the money will go toward paying reward money for information leading to Richerson’s location, as well as “other costs.”

Richerson’s friends described her as “loved,” which was another reason to hold the vigil, Burnett said.

“We want to remember her, and get everyone together that loved her,” Burnett said. “She was old school — she loved her family and her friends.”

Burnett said Richerson would “give you the shirt off her back.”

“She’d help people out when she didn’t have much,” Burnett said. “If you were stuck on the side of the road she’d be the first one to stop to help you.”

Richerson had a broad range of talents, too, which enabled her to help with just about anything, Martinez said.

“She knew how to do a little of everything,” Martinez said. “Right before she came up missing, she installed my ceiling fan. She’s fixed my car before.”

Another friend of Richerson, Robin Estes, said Richerson’s loved ones had accepted she was “no longer with us.”

“We just want to know why, what happened, and to get a conviction,” Estes said.

The investigation into Richerson’s disappearance is “ongoing,” said Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge. A charge of first degree murder was filed July 20 against a “John Doe,” or unknown suspect. Two men initially held as material witnesses in the case, Carl Bryce and Cody Ray Campbell, are being held on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle.

More than anything, Martinez said, Richerson’s loved ones want to find her and “bring her home,” no matter what.

“We had a conversation about if she passed away before I did, I’d spread her ashes over her mama’s ashes,” Martinez said. “I have to keep my promise to her.”"


Multiple agencies investigate missing woman case
By Abigail Hall - July 21, 2018

"Muskogee police and members of other state agencies spent Friday investigating a missing person case.

Kristyn Richerson, 51, was reported missing between July 6-8, although she has been missing since May 25, according to the report.

Muskogee police officers arrived at her home in the 1300 block of Houston Street at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

When police searched Richerson’s home, they found Carl Hudson, Richerson’s neighbor, in the home, said Cassie McGovern, a friend of Richerson’s, who was also present in the home when police arrived. 

McGovern said there was a stand-off between Hudson and the police before he was escorted to a patrol car and driven away. 

At 3 p.m., police, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents and the State medical examiner were on site. Police cars blockaded the area at Locust and Houston streets and Houston, North N and Summit streets. 

Friends and neighbors gathered on front lawns and in cars nearby watching and waiting for news. 

The medical examiner was in the backyard of Richerson’s home – digging a hole, sifting through evidence with rakes and placing evidence tags. 

Several Muskogee police officers raked through a large section of brush on Richerson’s front yard – fallen tree limbs and overgrown property. 

McGovern and her cousin, Cody Campbell, approached the police at 4:30 p.m. Campbell was patted down, voluntarily entered a patrol car and was driven away.

“He just wanted to talk to them,” McGovern said about Campbell. 

Shortly before 6 p.m., all officers and investigators packed up for the evening. 

Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said the investigation is open, and officers will return to the scene Saturday morning. He said he could not release any other information."


Muskogee woman missing since May; friends desperate for answers

by David Norris- August 25th 2018

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (KTUL) — Her name is Kristyn Richerson, but her friends called her by a different name.

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"We called her Krash. She was an avid drummer," said her best friend Adele Burnett. "We grew up together. Our moms were best friends."

A lover of music, Kristyn was all packed up in May and headed to Rocklahoma to see her favorite band.

"And the last thing anyone heard is that she was going to stop by and pick up her sleeping bag and tent," Adele said. "No one has heard from her since."

Days of waiting for answers have turned into months.

Now just talking about Kristyn is difficult, but Adele knows her and is positive she'd never do anything like this.

"[Kristyn] had a dog named Buddy," Adele said. "She would never leave her dog. She wouldn't leave her home, her friends, her family. She loved life."

Friends and family have fought to keep Kristyn's name out there.

"We've passed out pins, we've passed out fliers, we've made signs," Adele said.

Until she's found, they say they won't stop looking.

"Somebody knows where she's at, there are people who know where she's at and we just want her back," Adele said. "We just want to bring her home."

Gofundme account has been set up to raise reward money for answers in Kristyn's case.