|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1977|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1996|
Murder victim. Bryan Edward Haltom was born on Christmas, December 25, 1977. He was the son of Ed and Lynn (Carmichael) Haltom. He was a cute little boy who grew into a handsome happy-go-lucky teenager who loved life. Unfortunately, this young man's life was cut short in the early hours of July 17, 1996. Eighteen year old Bryan and a friend were out driving when they were nearly sideswiped by another car. Bryan made the fatal mistake of following the car to try to find out why this happened. They were barely outside the Spencer, Owen County, Indiana town limits, on U.S. 231 when Bryan passed the car and pulled over to the side of the road. The driver of the car he had been following pulled up behind. Bryan got out of his car and as he walked back to confront the driver, he was shot in the heart. The blast propelled him around and he slumped to the ground just as his friend came to help. The driver of the other car sped away, leaving the two young men to fend for themselves. However, it was too late for Bryan. He was gone. A few days later he was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.
The police investigated but couldn't find anything. The clues were scarce and the "only" witness couldn't give much of a description because he didn't see the driver's face and he really couldn't recall what the car looked like. All he could give was that it was a maroon colored sports car with a 55 pre-fix license plate. (This indicated that it was from Morgan County, Indiana).
In 2001, someone from the popular TV show "Unsolved Mysteries" heard about Bryan's story. A film crew from Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, which produced the show for the Lifetime Network, spent three days in Owen, Monroe, Putnam and Madison counties interviewing Bryan's family and friends and police investigators. Bryan's family was happy about the possibility that the crime would be re-enacted on the show in hopes that someone would see it and come forward with new information. The strange thing is, the show never aired. It's as though someone didn't want the story retold on national television.
Fifteen years later, the crime is still unsolved. Every year, around the anniversary of his death, local papers retell the story in hopes that someone will come forward. So far it hasn't happened. In paragraph two, I put quotes around the word only because there was truly more than one witness. Someone else out there witnessed this crime. The person who shot Bryan knows who he/she is and they need to come forward. The Haltom family deserves to know what really happened the fateful night that they lost their only child. They deserve closure to this nightmare they are living.
If you are reading this and know anything that could help, please contact the Spencer Police Department located in Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. Thank you.
**~~A special thank you to Beautiful Savior Is My Lord Jesus Christ for sponsoring Bryan's memorial. It is greatly appreciated.~~**
Maintained by: Lynn Haltom/Highland
Originally Created by: Whispers From The Grave
Record added: Jul 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73453948