Rebekah Byler

Rebekah Byler

Rebekah Byler was a 23-year-old Amish mother of two living with her husband, Andy, on a small farm in rural Crawford County, Pennsylvania. The couple was expecting their third child when Rebekah was violently murdered.

Pathologist Eric Vey from the Erie County Coroner's Office ruled her death a homicide and said she was killed by a gunshot wound to the head and by having her throat cut.

Five days after her murder, 52-year-old Shawn C. Cranston was arrested and charged with her murder and the murder of her unborn child.

Cranston's foster daughter speculated shortly after his arrest that the murder was one of mistaken identity, saying that the Amish couple who lived on the Byler's farm previously had adopted his grandchild. He went to get the child back, she told the media.

Date:

Monday, February 26, 2024

Crime:

Homicide

Location:

Sparta Township, Crawford County, PA, USA

Age:

23

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Case Documents

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Public Information Release Report #1

February 26, 2024
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Search Warrant – Byler Farm

February 26, 2024
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Search Warrant Return – Byler Farm

February 26, 2024
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Search Warrant – 428 East Main Street

March 1, 2024
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Search Warrant – Shawn Cranston’s Person

March 1, 2024
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Search Warrant – Jeep Patriot #1

March 1, 2024
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Criminal Complaint

March 2, 2024
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Public Information Release Report #2

March 2, 2024
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Search Warrant – Jeep Patriot #2

March 4, 2024
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Search Warrant Return – 428 East Main Street

March 4, 2024
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Search Warrant Return – Shaw Cranston’s Person

March 4, 2024
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Search Warrant Return – Jeep Patriot

March 6, 2024
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Change of Venue & Time Order

March 8, 2024
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Decorum Order Governing Preliminary Hearing

March 13, 2024
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Preliminary Hearing of Shawn Cranston – Gavin’s Notes

March 15, 2024

Shawn Cranston Documents

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Cranston Criminal Record – 1998

February 2, 1998
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Cranston Criminal Record – 2009

July 20, 2009

Spartansburg Area Burglaries Leading Up to Murder

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Burglary, 53-year-old Male Victim on Byler Road

December 10, 2023
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Burglary, 30-year-old Male Victim on Glynden Road

December 19, 2023
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Burglary, 27-year-old Couple Victims on Kuberry Road

December 30, 2023
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Burglary, 30-year-old Female Victim on Britton Run Road

January 5, 2024
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Burglary, 26-year-old Male Victim on Britton Run Road

January 6, 2024
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Burglary, 28-year-old Male Victim on Firth Road

February 9, 2024