Then, 18 years after the attack, Schuett got a call from Detective Tim Cromie from the Dickinson Police Department. He was now on her case. Cromie vowed to do everything he could until the end of his career to get the answers she so longed to find.
Cromie partnered with FBI Special Agent Richard Rennison to work on the case. Could DNA technology not available in 1990 help find the man? It took a year for the results to return. But in September 2009, they got a hit: Dennis Earl Bradford, a convicted kidnapper living in Arkansas, whose driver’s license photo was nearly identical to the suspect Schuett had described.
Bradford was arrested and booked into the Galveston County Jail.
In 2010, Bradford killed himself while in behind bars after, investigators say, he confessed to attacking Schuett.
Schuett felt cheated of justice.
Dennis Bradford, left, and the sketch Dickinson police drew with the help of Jennifer Schuett. (Dickinson Police)
“I really wanted to be part of the solving of my own case,” Schuett says. “I wanted to help because I was the only living witness. And I wanted to go to trial and see this through to the end.”