Bloomington Man Arrested On Murder Charges

(BLOOMINGTON) – A Bloomington man has been arrested during the investigation of a stabbing death at an apartment complex on the city’s south side.

John F. Bryant

Bloomington Police arrested 59-year-old John F. Bryant on a charge of murder.

According to Bloomington Police Captain Ryan Pedigo, on Saturday, officers were called to the 1300 block of North Crescent Road in reference to a missing person.

“A 20-year-old man reported that he had not seen nor heard from his 50-year-old mother since she left their shared residence on May 6 to go to her boyfriend’s apartment,” Captain Pedigo added in a news release.

The woman’s name has not been released.

The boyfriend was identified as John Bryant.

On Saturday, at approximately 2:15 p.m., officers were called to Bryant’s apartment in the 700 block of East Alpine Trail by a friend of the victim’s son, saying she had found the missing woman’s vehicle parked nearby.

“She reported that when she knocked on Bryant’s door to see if the missing woman was inside the apartment, he refused to allow her inside,” Captain Pedigo added.

Officers made contact with Bryant who eventually allowed officers inside to determine if the missing woman was there. As officers entered Bryant’s apartment, they immediately noticed something on the living room floor that had been covered with blankets that appeared to be the size of a human body.

“Officers removed the blankets and located a deceased female with multiple stab wounds on her back,” Captain Pedigo added. “Bryant was immediately detained and transported to the police department for an interview.”

Due to the condition of the victim’s body, it is believed that the victim had been deceased for several days. An autopsy was performed this morning.

No further information is available at this time.