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:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/15023677/detail.html

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

THANK GOD! At last they are taking this seriously. I'll keep praying.

dragonlady474 said...

Excellent news!
I hope they find her soon.

Janet said...

I'm glad there are more people to be on the lookout and more experts on the case. Let us know how we can help! We'll continue to send emails out to the news shows so the general public knows to keep an eye out.

Take care, and be well!

Anonymous said...

Still praying for Cayle's safe return...And still calling all local and national news stations daily...Spoke with America's Most Wanted this evening, and gave the link to this site...Those of us who are not near Athens can still reach out via phone/email and ask that this story be featured as often as possible.
Take care,
Leighanna

Anonymous said...

I just e-mailed Fox's On the Record Show about Cayle. I recommend everyone that reads this do the same.
It sure can't hurt to get media outlets more involved in this. I would address to Greta.

ontherecord@foxnews.com

Anonymous said...

The search has been delayed long enough! If you ask people to help, they will come. Athens is a strong and willing community. Saturday could not come soon enough. I can gather 50 people right now who would jump at the chance to help Cayle!! We want to help.

Anonymous said...

Dear Cayle's family,
I was a classmate with Cayle from Peachtree through Dunwoody High. I am praying everyday for her and for support for her loved ones.
May God give you strenth

Anonymous said...

This is my theory... I have been thinking about it and looking at the articles written by Athens-Banner Herald... Ok... One of the first articles written about emerson the missing hiker in vogel state park... once authorities had gotten a person of interest the said they wanted to talk to Hilton... The old man.. they said he has two White Astro Vans Registered in his name and the GA tag numbers XXXXXX... I know this sounds bad, and i am praying for Cayles safe return however... The authorities have now established that Hilton has roamed all over North GA... I think he is the White Van Driver who was pretending to be a taxi driver during UGA football homes games... He struck a couple times.. Moved on to FL & TN i think were the older couple went missing, and in FL where the female was found in a national forest down there and in addition to returned to his normal stomping grounds in and around the Atlanta Area... Then returned to Athens around new years abducted Cayle.... and then traveled to vogel to abduct Emerson and later kill.. I know it sounds grim.... but i just had to get my theory off my chest i hope and pray that i am wrong... I also read that both emerson(buford) & cayle(a UGA sattilite Campus) have a connection to gwinnett county... I dont think it would to far fetched to say that they may have had contact with him prior to any of this... and he got enough info from them to be able to abduct both of them... In my opinion both cayle and emerson have a lot in common, they are attractive, young females, and both of them have a dog... and were alone at the time of the encounter

Sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with both cayle's family, and i hope they find her ok and she has wondered off and gotten lost due to medical issues... and i really wish emerson could have been found alive... my thoughts and prayers are with her family as well.

Just wanted to put out my theory out there... for someone to look over... maybe i am going about it wrong and my theory doesnt make since.... Hopefully that is the case.....

Anonymous said...

to anon with the emerson theory...i think, and i may be wrong, that police have established hilton was already in the woods when cayle went missing. also, two very different venues of abduction...one seculded in the woods, one wide open spaces on a busy street. interesting thoughts about emerson being the white van man, though. also, i was with cayle every time she went to the gwinnett campus (we carpooled) so i think it's highly unlikely she met him there. i certainly don't recognize him.
please keep her in your thoughts and help us keep her in the eye of the public and the media. she's definitely a memorable gal, so someone has to know something!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone sent an email to the Nancy Grace show? She features many missing people cases and this would be a great way to get the word out about Cayle to many more people. I don't personally know Cayle, but am a UGA grad and want to help in any way I can...I've been furious at the lack of media attention on Cayle's case. Thinking and praying for Cayle and her family each and every day.

Anonymous said...

My family and I were planning on coming to help with the search on Saturday for Cayle, but is it true that it has been postponed to a later date?

Anonymous said...

The driver of the white vans who was abducting the girls in Athens was young, college student aged...

"The suspect in both incidents is described as a white man between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 150 to 190 pounds, with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a baseball cap in both attacks, and a light colored white polo-type shirt in one assault."
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/100307/news_20071003071.shtml

Angelcare said...

I agree that Cayle's should be kept in the media and on the mind of the public especially here in Athens. I too am not happy with the lack of coverage, but it is going to take a collective effort on all our parts with calling media outlets, posting flyers, helping with the search and the best tools of all prayer and word of mouth to spread the message. Because the Emerson case has been in the spotlight a lot recently and I noticed on Nancy Grace last night that they are spotlighting a missing pregnant girl in the military that was due to testify against one of her superiors for rape, I don't recall how long she has been missing. However if anyone nows how to email the producers of Nancy Grace we should still do so. If we flood any media organization with emails or faxes they cannot help but take notice. Its sad to say it but the latest breaking news and the sensationalism of it all is what a lot of the media run after I have spoken to CNN New York and the AP on Yesterday they are both interested in running Cayle's story I am looking to see if they keep their word. I made about 20 phone calls and was put on hold for about 5-7 minutes each before I reached a live person yet persistence paid off. I don't know Cayle or her family I saw this on the news and received an email and I got involved. I too want her home. I pray that wherever she is that she will cry out or her spirit will cry out until we find her. Until then let us all send her good and positive thoughts and prayers and take every precaution to keep ourselves and family safe.

Amy said...

I went to school with Cayle growing up in Dunwoody. I was very shocked to hear the news. I am praying everyday for Cayle and her family. The more people praying and helping search for her the better. God hears our prayers and will answer them. Stay strong for Cayle and know that she is a very smart and strong person. We will forever remember that bright smile of hers. She was always happy and cheerful- she uplifted people when she was around them. Now lets find her! And keep that cheerful spirit alive!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Cayle either but planned on being there to help on Saturday. Please don't potpone, we need to find her now! update as much as possible please.

sharon ann said...

I am Praying and thinking of this young woman daily ,hoping she will come home safetly.My heart aches for her and her family,Please come home safely Cayle.Praying for your safe return.

Anonymous said...

It was reported that a man believed to me Gary Michael Hilton was seen at the UGA dog park (less than a mile from Memorial park) with another man. The discription of that man matches exactly the discription of the " White Van Driver who was pretending to be a taxi driver during UGA football homes games..." mentioned above.

"The suspect in both incidents is described as a white man between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 150 to 190 pounds, with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a baseball cap in both attacks, and a light colored white polo-type shirt in one assault."
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/100307/news_20071003071.shtml

Anonymous said...

I also went to high school with Cayle..My family is praying for her safe return.

Jeanne C. said...
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Jeanne C. said...

I am so sorry to hear about Cayle's disappearance...just found out two days ago. My heart goes out to Valery, Tiffany, Kristen and Kevin at this very difficult time. My daughter, Jackie, and Cayle were friends in elementary school and I was a stepmother to Cayle and her siblings before their father died. I have forwarded links to several websites to many of the Bywaters' friends at their old church in Peachtree Corners (when they lived there in the late 80's to early 90's). Everyone is so very sad and praying for all members of the Bywater family and hoping that Cayle will be found soon.

Kim said...

My cousin works at CNN. I asked if she could help get Cayle's story out there. She emailed the producer of the Crime section. Apparently, Cayle's story is on the radar. The suggestions she received were: keep emailing/calling local media sources and Nancy Grace at CNN to get the story on TV, and to check CNN.com to see if the story has appeared in the next day or two. Once you see it on the website, send the link to everyone you know. You can email it directly from CNN which will help raise CNN's interest in the story. Then, the more people who click on the story link, the higher up the headline list it will go. Sadly, this is how things like "Man nukes own hand" become "Popular News"...

In the meantime, let's all take Angelcare's words to heart: "I pray that wherever she is that she will cry out or her spirit will cry out until we find her. Until then let us all send her good and positive thoughts and prayers and take every precaution to keep ourselves and family safe."
~Kim

Kemit said...

They have proven that Hilton roams all over GA.. and they even believe him to be reponsible for a homicide in FL.. and Duck Town TN... Athens is closer than any of those places... And there was a gap or the suspicious van attacks had seemed to have cesed for a time period.. Or he could have had an accomplice And i think Hilton was killing the couple in TN and the girl in FL during that time period... and then went to athens to stike again and took advantage of Cayles current mental state... and then happened upon Emerson in Vogel... I mean authorites know he killed emerson but they dont know where, when, or why yet... Were her body was found could have been soley a dump location... Technically the crime scene spans from vogel all the way to near Atlanta.. Cuz there is no telling what evidence he threw out the window or discarded along the way.... Either Way i still hope cayle is ok... and i am completely wrong.. but even her family says its not like to wonder off even with her disability... they believe she has been abducted but are hoping that she will be returned safely.... I just hope that him being captured unexpectidly maybe he had not had time to finish what he started... But again no one knows... there is no sign of foul play at her home or memorial park... all people know is that she was not herself, and she appeared to be confused, and disoriented.... and if she was i dont think she would ever leave her dog or the dog leave her... i think he would have simply followed her to where ever she believed she was taking herself... (Due to her current state of mind)... but something unexpected happened hilton stopped on south milladge after seeing her alone.. and probably already upset because people down town have gotten smarter the ACCPD taxi/alchol enforcement unit have doubled their efforts to make sure all Taxis are certified and legit... so he went down town realized there was no one to take advantage of and was on his way out... say her and snatched her up... dog probably attempted to follow but couldnt cuz she was in a vehicle so it wondered back to where she had taken him earlier that day maybe think she was there... and then someone found him... Lost and Alone.. Took him back to where he lives... and then the story has been unfolding ever since....

Again this is just my opinion/theory and i hope and pray that i am wrong... I think authorities need to search for a way to prove Hilton had been in Athens in any recent months... If he has been givin the evidence that is for sure (the murder of emerson), it shows just what a crazy, and sick person he is and capable of... if he has been in athens, even if cayle is found safe and sound... Hilton wasnt in Athens to enjoy the scenary... He was there to see was vulnerable person he could take have taken advantage of..... Plus They have said there are more than one cold case that might be solved... And it appears not all his victims were women...

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, was the dog found at home OR outside?
If the dog was found ok....has anyone thought to take her dog out on the search to look for her?

ali said...

I think people are pushing it to tie Hilton to this case. What seems more likely to me is that Cayle, being in the disoriented state as was stated by at least one person who saw her at the park the day of her disappearance, became lost in the wooded area surrounding the park and her home. I do not know much about bipolar disorder nor what happens to a person if they fail to remain medicated, but I'm gathering confusion is a side effect. She could have easily injured herself by falling in those woods. I think they need to be searched again as soon as possible! This is so scary. My thoughts are with those who know and love her.

Anonymous said...

Was the GBI searching Memorial Park today? There were helicopters in the area for a really long time.

Can anyone explain why such a search wasn't done earlier? And why did a citizen find her glasses so long after she disappeared? I would like to think the official search of the area would be looking for such things. And what about garbage cans? I hope they were searched for clues before they were emptied, but I worry that no one was looking in such detail.

Is there going to be a search using volunteers?

Anonymous said...

Cayle was not bipolar. This rumor needs to be stopped.

Anonymous said...

Breaking news on 11alive. Body found in an Athens lake. Really sad. Poor Cayle. My thoughts are with the family.

 
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