Timeline of the Jimmy Ryce tragedy

  • Sept. 11, 1995: Jimmy Ryce, 9, disappears from a school bus stop near his Redland home. COURTESY / RYCE FAMILY

  • A family snapshot shows Jimmy Ryce, right, with sister Marty, father, Don, and mother, Claudine. Jimmy is wearing the shoes he wore at the time of his disappearance COURTESY / RYCE FAMILY

  • Sept. 15, 1995: The search for Jimmy Ryce goes on in south Miami-Dade County four days after his disappearance. GASTON DE CARDENAS / EL NUEVO HERALD FILE

  • Sept. 15, 1995: Don and Claudine Ryce, parents of Jimmy Ryce, attend a press conference to thank volunteers for their help in the search for their child. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Sept. 15, 1995: Don and Claudine Ryce hold back tears as they thank neighbors at an impromptu news conference at the Redland Baptist Church in south Miami-Dade four days after the disappearnce of their son. GASTON DE CARDENAS / EL NUEVO HERALD FILE

  • Nov. 14, 1995: A poster and flowers are displayed outside the home of Jimmy Ryce. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 7, 1995: Television cameras stand facing a trailer where Jimmy Ryce’s school bag, notebook and papers were found by Miami-Dade investigators. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 8, 1995: Aerial view of the estate where Jimmy Ryce’s book bag was found. Police divers searched for remains in the adjacent canal. TIM CHAPMAN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 8, 1995: A diver hands over an object found in a canal where investigators searched for clues to Jimmy Ryce’s disappearance. PETER ANDREW BOSCH / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 8, 1995: Divers inspect bones found at the bottom of a canal at Southwest 197th Ave. and 192nd Street in Miami-Dade, adjacent to the estate where Jimmy Ryce’s book bag was found. Police found bones at the bottom but were unsure if they belonged to Jimmy. TIM CHAPMAN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 9, 1995: Miami-Dade detectives escort Juan Carlos Chavez, center, suspect in Jimmy Ryce’s murder, out of police headquarters. CANDACE BARBOT / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 10, 1995: Well-wishers leave flowers at the gate of the Ryce family’s home in the Redlands. Cindy Eckhart and her children Jimmy, 8, and Jennifer, 5, say a prayer. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 10, 1995: This photo, taken off a TV monitor, shows a split screen of Judge Juan Ramirez Jr., left, presiding over the arraignment of Juan Carlos Chavez, 28, in his first court appearance. LIU XIN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 11, 1995: South Dade High School students Jessica Placensia, Veronica Vallejo, Sandra Guevara and Carolina Morales sign petitions outside the Ryce family’s home asking the government to require posting pictures of missing children in federal facilities across the country. HERMILIO QUINTANA / EL NUEVO HERALD FILE

  • Dec. 13, 1995: Filmore Flowers, 8, fills out a petition for his mom, Cheryl Flowers, while she holds her daughter Nicolette outside the Ryce family’s home in the Redlands. The petition to the president asks for an executive order requiring photos of missing children to be posted in public places. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Jan. 19, 1996: President Clinton prepares to sign the Jimmy Ryce ASAP Children's Assistance Act in the Oval Office of the White House. The legislation would instruct federal agencies to post missing children’s posters in federal buildings. Ryce’s parents, Don and Claudine, along with Marc Klaas, right, whose daughter Polly was kidnapped and killed in 1993, look on. RON EDMONDS / AP

  • Jan. 20, 1998: Juan Carlos Chavez listens to jury selection for his trial in the death of Jimmy Ryce. RANDY BAZEMORE / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • May 19, 1998: B.T. Tucker, Mario Batlle and Don Ryce look on as Jimmy Ryce’s mom, Claudine Ryce, kisses Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles for signing the Jimmy Ryce Involuntary Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators Treatment and Care Act into law. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Sept. 2, 1998: Juan Carlos Chavez, left, confers with his lead attorney Art Koch prior to opening arguments in the Jimmy Ryce murder case in Orlando. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Sept. 3, 1998: Miami-Dade crime scene investigator Mike Byrd identifies the revolver found in the trailer of Juan Carlos Chavez during testimony in the Jimmy Ryce murder trial in Orlando. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Sept. 3, 1998: Susan Scheinhaus, who employed Juan Carlos Chavez, identifies a receipt for a gun she purchased and was later found in Chavez's trailer during testimony in Orlando. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Sept. 3, 1998: Lead defense attorney Art Kock examines a book found in Jimmy Ryce’s backpack as his client Juan Carlos Chavez, left, looks on. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Sept. 10, 1998: A juror weeps as she leaves the courtroom on a break during the trial of Juan Carlos Chavez in Orlando in an image from television. The juror broke down when a detective testified on the condition of Ryce's dismembered body. AP

  • Sept. 11, 1998: On the witness stand, Claudine Ryce examines a book bag that was discovered in the trailer of accused murderer Juan Carlos Chavez. Ryce went on to identify the bag as that of her son Jimmy. SCOTTAUDETTE / AP

  • Sept. 15, 1998: Juan Carlos Chavez shows the jury the route he traveled on the Scheinhaus property the day Jimmy Ryce was slain during testimony in Orlando. Looking on are defense attorney Art Koch, right, and interpreter Mario Garcia. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Sept. 18, 1998: Juan Carlos Chavez shows no emotion as he listens with his attorney, Art Koch, right, to the jury pronounce him guilty for the murder of Jimmy Ryce in the Orange County courthouse in Orlando. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Oct. 26, 1998: Mireya Garcia tries to hold back her emotions as she testifies on behalf of her son, convicted murderer Juan Carlos Chavez, during the penalty phase of his trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando. SCOTT AUDETTE / AP

  • Oct. 27, 1998: Claudine Ryce, with husband Don next to her, breaks down as the jury’s recommendation of the death penalty is handed down to Juan Carlos Chavez during the penalty phase of his trial. SCOTTAUDETTE / AP

  • Jan. 9, 2006: Juan Carlos Chavez, convicted in the rape and murder of Jimmy Ryce, stares at the media during a hearing he requested for a new trial. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD FILE

  • Jan. 23, 2006: Don Ryce, father of Jimmy Ryce, talks about the Jimmy Ryce Law from his home in Vero Beach. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD FILE