Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Toxicology results negative

As some of you may have already seen in the media recently, the toxicology tests done on Cayle's blood by the GBI were negative, meaning that drugs or alcohol were not a contributing factor in her drowning. Cayle's mother said, "For me, this just compounds my questions, and it may be that we never have any answers, only speculation."

Police have been unable to find any evidence that would explain how and why Cayle went into the pond at Memorial Park. The case has been ruled as an accidental drowning and is officially closed.

Please stay tuned to this website for upcoming information about a memorial dedication to be held for Cayle at Memorial Park in Athens.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Services for Cayle

Dozens of people braved terrible weather conditions and attended Cayle's outdoor memorial service at Memorial Park in Athens on Saturday; the Athens Banner-Herald carried a story about the service:


Even more people crowded the chapel at the Crowell Brothers Funeral Home in Norcross for the funeral service that was held on Sunday, where friends and family recalled Cayle's wry humor, her love of dogs, and her love of music. A short burial service followed in the adjacent Peacthree Memorial Park, where Cayle was laid to rest alongside her father, Kenneth Bywater.

Thanks to all who came to pay their respects in Athens and Norcross.

Monday, January 14, 2008


For the Saturday Memorial Service the family has decided to go forth with the informal Memorial Service at the park. Cayle loved the snow, so it seems fitting to the family to proceed, However, we understand if others feel that the conditions are to risky to attend we would want everyone to be safe. For those that are in Athens please keep us posted as to the weather conditions in Athens to help us make the safest decision Thank You

Saturday, January 19th at 2pm there will be an informal Memorial Service held at;
Athens Memorial Park (Rain or Shine)
293 Gran Ellen Drive
Athens, Georgia 30606
at the covered pavilion by the lake.
Everyone is invited, and we encourage all to bring their friendly dogs (on leashes).

Sunday January 20th at 2pm there will be a Service at:
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel
5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Norcross, Georgia 30091

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Update and Memorial Fund

At this time the coroner reports that preliminary findings do not indicate foul play, although it still may take several months for all the test results to return.

Cayle's family is in the process of making arrangements for a Memorial Service in Athens for Saturday, 1/19, and services in Atlanta next Sunday,1/20. Once the details/times have been finalized they will be posted here.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cayle Bywater Memorial Fund using the PayPal button in the right column of this page - or, you can visit any SunTrust Bank to make a donation to the Cayle Bywater Memorial Fund. This tragedy has placed enormous financial burdens on the family , and your support for them at this time of need would be deeply appreciated.

Again, please continue to check back at this website for details regarding the planned services in Athens and Atlanta.

Friday, January 11, 2008

And Ask Ye Why...

And ask ye why these sad tears stream? 
Why these wan eyes are dim with weeping?
I had a dream–a lovely dream,
  Of her that in the grave is sleeping.

I saw her as ’twas yesterday,

  The bloom upon her cheek still glowing;
And round her play’d a golden ray, 
And on her brows were gay flowers blowing.

With angel-hand she swept a lyre,

  A garland red with roses bound it;
Its strings were wreath’d with lambent fire 
And amaranth was woven round it.

I saw her mid the realms of light,

  In everlasting radiance gleaming;
Co-equal with the seraphs bright, 
Mid thousand thousand angels beaming.

I strove to reach her, when, behold,

  Those fairy forms of bliss Elysian,
And all that rich scene wrapt in gold, 
Faded in air–a lovely vision!

And I awoke, but oh! to me 

That waking hour was doubly weary;
And yet I could not envy thee, 
Although so blest, and I so dreary.

- Lord Alfred Tennyson

We Thank You

We are grateful for the ACCPD & the GBI for finding Cayle. While the search is over there are still questions to be answered. We will continue to post here as new information is available.

The family wants to express their most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of concern, support & resources that friends and the Athens / Atlanta community have so generously volunteered.

This support has been pivotal in the family's coping during the time of uncertainty.

We would also like to thank the media who respectfully met our request for assistance in locating Cayle and we know that it is with this same kindness that they will respect our family's privacy during our time of mourning.

Cayle's Family

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Georgia Bureau of Investigation is Now Involved with the Case

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has joined forces with the GBI to help locate Cayle Bywater who has been missing from Athens, GA since 12/29/07. The tentative search efforts scheduled for this Saturday, 1/12/08 have been postponed until a later date as we are in the process of coordinating resources.

Please stay tuned for updated information and thank you to everyone for your continued efforts and support!

UPDATE: WSB-TV in Atlanta has a report (in both text and video) on these latest developments in Cayle's case:

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