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Case File 1756DFWI

Left: Bryant, circa 1949; Center: Composite image to 60 years old; Right: Composite image to 66 years old

Ricky Jean Bryant
Missing since December 19, 1949 from Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Ricky Jean Bryant disappeared while her family farm was destroyed by a fire in December 1949 in rural Mauston. She was last seen in the front yard while the fire was being put out. When the fire was extinguished, Ricky was no longer in the yard.

Jeannie and two of her siblings were home with their grandparents, who also lived on the farm.
Ricky's brother, how was 5 years old at the time, remembers leaving Jeannie and their younger sister outside, when a tall blonde lady in a new car, drove up and told him to run to a neighbor's house for help. He said the woman sent him to a home further away and told him the phone wasn't working at the nearby house. When he come back with a neighbor, Jeannie was gone, and the lady and the car were no where to be found. The neighbor said she put the children in the family car and then went inside to look for Jeannie.
She found the grandmother in the kitchen collecting canned goods, and she said that Jeannie was gone.

As the house continued to burn, the neighbor kept searching for Jeannie. Finally, the grandmother told her to stop worrying about Jeannie because she was with relatives.
After the fire, Jeannie's father had the local authorities, state police and the FBI searching the ruins of the fire for any possible human remains. No remains were found during the search and her father searched the property three additional times by himself. Each time he found nothing. He never believed that Jeannie perished in the fire.

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

Juneau County Sheriff's Department
Officer Leigh Sonnenberg

Agency Case Number: 05-00483/NamUs MP# 5890

NCMEC Number: NCMC1007456

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NBC 15

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