Cold case solved: Family has answers 8 years after Bridgeport man went missing
The family of a Bridgeport man now has answers eight years after he went missing.
Aryndel Castro disappeared in September 2013 and was initially a missing person. As time went on, the case was transferred to the homicide unit.
"We believed that he was killed but we didn't have a body, body part or a crime scene so we were unable at that point to really submit an arrest warrant," said Bridgeport Police Lt. Christopher LaMaine.
That changed Wednesday when police arrested Shawn Gibson and Terrance Boyd.
"I screamed, I cried, because I knew that it was going to come out in the end who did it," said Castro's brother, Aneudi Rosa.
Police say the suspects beat and choked Castro to death in a rooming house that Gibson owns on Noble Avenue. Police say the violence was over the theft of tools and the suspects then put Castro's body in a plastic bag.
"Like my brother was a dog," said Rosa. "It's not how you treat a human being."
Police say the suspect's engaged in an elaborate clean-up and moved Castro's body more than once. Police say the suspects engaged in an elaborate clean-up effort, purchasing cleaning supplies on multiple occasions at The Home Depot. They also allegedly rented vans from The Home Depot and U-Haul to move Castro’s body more than once in the days following the murder.
Then this week, after being arrested, Gibson agreed to tell police where Castro was buried: 5 feet deep under a detached garage at his cousin's house.
"We were able to finally bring Ary home to his family," said LaMaine.
Police say Gibson led them to the body as part of a deal to get his bond reduced to something he could post. In this case, $250,000 along with GPS monitoring. Bonds in murder cases are usually at least $1 million.
“I think that recovering Ary Castro for his family is something that was really important for us,” said State’s Attorney Joseph T. Corradino. “We can bring some closure to a family that's suffered an incredible loss.”
Castro's family Friday thanked LaMaine for keeping a promise he made eight years ago to never give up on the case.
"We can bury him somewhere. We can go see him, bring him flowers and cry to him like what we wanted," Rosa said.
Police say Gibson's cousin had no idea a body was buried on his property and he is not connected to the case.
Boyd has been living in South Carolina and is awaiting extradition to Connecticut.