Ryan Singleton, a model from Atlanta, flew to Los Angeles for a weekend trip in the summer of July 2013.
Singleton never made it back home.
His body was found 74 days later, nearly two miles away from the gas station, without his organs.
Singleton’s rental car broke down in Death Valley on a drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
He was picked up by the California Highway Patrol who drove him to the nearest gas station in Baker, California. He vanished while waiting for a friend from Los Angeles to pick him up.
Iris Flowers, Singleton’s mother said Ryan was never afraid to try anything. He left his mother’s home in Georgia for New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a model. He landed a spot on the runway during New York’s Fashion Week.
Singleton had his eyes on Hollywood as he aspired to become an actor and pursue film production. He and a group of friends packed their belongings in a U-Haul truck and left New York for Los Angeles.
Singleton met and married celebrity stylist Kythe Brewster, a man twice his age. Just four months later, Singleton and Kythe separated.
His mother sensed something was wrong from the last conversation she had with her son.
“Something bad is going to happen to me isn’t it?” Singleton asked his mother.
“Ryan, what are you talking about?” she responded.
Iris asked her son if he owed someone money and he said no.
“I’ve done a lot of things to hurt a lot of people,” he replied. She never knew exactly what he was talking about.
Two days later he abruptly left Georgia for Los Angeles again. This was the last time Iris saw her son alive.
Here are the series of events:
On July 9, 2013, his mother received call from Kythe, telling her Ryan called him and it seemed he had been drinking. Kythe tells her that Ryan’s life could be in danger.
His mother speaks with a Barstow Co. Detective who told her he was seen walking down the highway at 2 p.m. by CA Hwy Patrol after his car broke down.
Flowers was told Deputies took Singleton to look for the car but couldn’t locate it. Deputies then took Singleton to the closest town, Baker, CA where they dropped him off at convenience store where he made a purchase and vanished.
On July 10, 2013, Singleton’s car was found in Barstow County, a few miles north of where deputies and Singleton initially searched for the car.
July 11, 2013, Singleton’s case was assigned to another detective who informed his mother that her son was receiving money from multiple people.
Then on Sept. 21, 2013, Singleton’s body is found by two hikers with his organs missing about two miles from the convenience store where he was last seen. This is within the 5 miles radius that authorities intensively searched.
His eyes, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys had been removed. The cause of Singleton’s death was undetermined by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office. His case remains unsolved.
The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office says there’s no official cause of death for Singleton. “The body was severely decomposed. Animals might have been involved.”
His mother isn’t buying the idea that animals are responsible for her son’s missing organs. “I don’t know of an animal that comes to a body and just picks out certain parts of the body,” said Flowers. “I don’t think it was animal activity at all.”
Ryan’s three friends, now filmmakers, are telling Ryan’s story in hopes to find the truth behind his death. They share the process of making this True Crime docuseries on Facebook and Instagram.
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