Widow wants to know
Dewitt Police continue investigation of November fatal shooting
By Willie Kiernan
Samanthia Rybak of Fenner still doesn't know what happened to her husband, found dead last month of a gunshot wound to the head.
"I hate not knowing," she said. "I would really like to know because I don't feel I could fully move past it until I do."
On Wednesday Nov. 14, DeWitt police found the body of Robert Rybak, 28, at his home, a rental property at 1223 Old Stonehouse Road, DeWitt, after responding to a pair of 911 calls from a person in the house about 4 a.m. Two other people were found in the house; one required hospitalization. Neither could recall what happened.
An autopsy on Rybak's body was conducted.
The Post-Standard stated they also found an injured woman and her brother there, according to DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway. The first 911 call reported an unconscious person, Conway said. The second shortly afterward reported that it appeared someone had been injured in a self-inflicted shooting.
"The autopsy has been completed and it's pending investigation," Conway said. "We won't have further comment until all the results of the forensic examination are done."
The Post Standard reported that police recovered a weapon at the scene, Conway said. Representatives of the district attorney's and medical examiner's offices responded to the house, and DeWitt police applied for a search warrant, Conway said. Rybak and the woman appear to have had a relationship, although they were not married, Conway said.
"We hung out over the summer as friends," Sam Rybak said.
Bob and Sam Rybak were married and had been together for 11 years until he left her on Aug. 9. He left behind two children as well, Austin, 7 and Nikita, 3.
"He just decided he didn't want to come home anymore," Sam Rybak said.