When Brandyn Dayne Foster went missing a little over a year ago, it was Woodstock Police who first picked up the case. But according to Chief Clayton Keefe, all files were handed over to the state police within weeks after which the Woodstock musician was given the missing person ID, NamUs MP # 37966.
On February 6, the 31-year-old Foster’s remains were found on a rural Catskill property where he was living at the time of his disappearance. On February 14 police arrested Carlos Graham, 31 of Catskill, and charged him with second-degree murder for killing Foster.
According to state police Senior Investigator Pete Kusminsky of the State Police Catskill Barracks, speaking when a search was first undertaken last October at the Tool House Road property where Foster’s body would eventually be found, the man’s disappearance was first reported on January 30, 2017 by his mother, who lives in Woodstock. Bonnie Steinberg later said that she knew something was wrong the last time she talked to her son on January 26, when he got off the phone abruptly without saying he loved her.
Foster was known as an up-and-coming rap and hip-hop artist; he has released several albums in recent years as Brandyn Dayne, including Whiskey & Ink in 2012, recorded in Woodstock and LOL MOB (Loyalty Over Love Money Over Bull—-) in 2014. He has a ten-year-old son, Jazzon, and is himself the son of jazz drummer Al Foster, who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s.
Following news of the state police’s search of Foster’s last known residence in the town of Catskill, as well as another house in the village of the same name, Foster’s parents offered a $20,000 reward for information regarding their son’s whereabouts.
Foster grew up living in several homes on Ohayo Mountain Road. Other pseudonyms he’s used in social media in recent years have included Multy and Bob Lee Swagga. His last Facebook posts were on January 24, 2017 when he asked “Are the roads still bad.” According to Keefe, he was last seen at 1:30 p.m. on January 26, 2017 in Woodstock.
An autopsy of Foster’s body ruled his death a homicide.
“Evidence reflects that (Graham) is responsible for this death, and the investigation continues to determine whether there are more people involved,” Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione said in a statement, adding that Graham’s motivation is still unknown. It was not said how Foster’s body was discovered.
Graham is being held without bail at the Greene County jail.