April 7, 2017

Special delivery hoped to encourage new leads in homicide case

Residents in and around the Pine Manor community will be getting a special delivery in their mailboxes this weekend, all with the hope of generating new leads in a 2013 unsolved homicide.

Postcards will arrive at approximately 5,000 homes this weekend asking for information on the August 2013 murder of 25 year old Kyle Byrtus.  Byrtus was a star athlete who graduated with honors before he began associating with known drug users.  Just prior to his death, he had been seen frequently in and around the Pine Manor community, and detectives believe the unanswered questions in Byrtus’ murder still lie within that neighborhood.

“Anyone who may have seen Kyle in the days before his murder may have information that could lead to the identification of the person or persons responsible for his death,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “We are hoping that these postcards that prominently feature Kyle’s picture will remind residents that his murder is still unsolved, and that it’s morally the right thing to do to share any information that could help put a killer behind bars.  The person who murdered Kyle is still at large, and Crime Stoppers sincerely hopes that this renewed push for information will ultimately result in justice for Kyle and closure for his family.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Kyle Byrtus is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers and an additional $1,000 from funds raised by Kyle’s family.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

 Note:  Photos of Kyle are attached to this release. Photos of the front and back of the postcard are also attached.