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Father’s Day Horror: Man Kills Himself and Daughter in Apparent Murder Suicide

By Ray Stern in Crime Blotter, News
Monday, Jun. 22 2009 @ 4:02PM

It’s been a particularly bloody few days for Valley children. Loggan Lampert, 14, is bludgeoned to death by his uncle. A 2-year-old beaten with a belt buckle, allegedly by her mom’s boyfriend, dies. Another 2-year-old dies after being hit by a car in his trailer park. And now this:

A Valley father who went camping with his 3-year-old daughter in a remote area near the Grand Canyon apparently shot himself and the girl.

Family members were unable to make contact with Ryan Peters, 29, and began call police frantically, worried that Peters was suicidal after his recent divorce and loss of child custody to his ex-wife. A relative made mobile-phone contact with Peters, who said he was camping between Jacob Lake and the Canyon’s North Rim. A Coconino County deputy found the bodies early this morning.

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See full text of news release by the Mesa police below:

Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate the Deaths of a Father and his Daughter at Jacob Lake

Flagstaff, AZ- Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the death of 29 year-old Ryan Peters and his three year old daughter Teigan Peters, both from the Phoenix area. On June 22, 2009 at about 12:25 a.m. the deputy assigned to the Fredonia district located a campsite in the area of Parissawampitts Point off of Highway 67 that leads to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. He observed the bodies of an adult male and a very young female, both with apparent gunshot wounds.

On Sunday June 21, 2009 at about 9:p.m. officers of the Mesa Police Department called the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office with an attempt to locate on Ryan Peters and his daughter. The Mesa Police Department was contacted by a relative of Ryan Peters who described him as despondent and possibly suicidal as the result of a recent divorce and the determination of the custody of his daughter.

Mr. Peters’ family members contacted the Mesa Police department on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. with concern for the safety of Mr. Peters and his daughter Teigan. At the time of the initial report it was only known that he was camping however the location was unknown. During the course of the afternoon several family members were in cell phone contact with Mr. Peters and shared that information with the Mesa Police Department.

During their investigation Mesa Police Officers and Detectives learned that Ryan Peters’ ex-wife filed a custodial interference complaint with the Gilbert Police Department on June 19, 2009 when Mr. Peters failed to return Teigan to her mother as stipulated by a custody agreement.

At about 9:p.m. on Sunday a family member told Mesa Police Officers he had talked with Ryan and confirmed he was camping in an area between Jacob Lake and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives will continue the investigation of this apparent murder-suicide in an attempt to determine the events that lead to the deaths of Ryan and Teigan Peters.

Brenda says:This is my grandneice. She is an angel and her father the devil.

Posted On: Monday, Jun. 22 2009 @ 6:50PM

chad says:I know teigans mom and had the pleasure to work with her for a year or so. I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sorry this happend to you T. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you right now. I just dont understand, no matter how messed up you are why this precious little girl? such a selfish act.

Posted On: Monday, Jun. 22 2009 @ 7:17PM

Terrence says:I read throughout the article and I dont think to anything else in this article.I agree with you. Nice comment as well as nice article.
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Posted On: Monday, Jun. 22 2009 @ 10:16PM

Suzanne Reynolds says:I met Teigan brefly at a Family Easter gathering…my first response to her as a mother to her mother was…she is so adorable!! Teigan was loved by my nephew who is currently in a relationship with her mom and all though I didn’t know her well my heart goes out to her and her family. ~Auntie SR

Posted On: Monday, Jun. 22 2009 @ 10:17PM

Uncle Tony says:Angel Teigan, make room in heaven for the rest of us who had the honor to be introduced to you. And “T”, Uncle “T” is telling you that beautiful and precious little “T” will be welcoming us into God’s Kingdom in exactly 688 days from today (6-23-2009)and I would not dare give someone false hope at such a time as this !

So don’t despair dear mamma, and get yourself ready to be acceptable before the Lord by picking up that Gospel of Grace and it is where your comfort lies at this time; for there isn’t anything more that the rest of us could say to you that could get you closer and quicker to your baby right now than this.

Begin with the Psalms and then check out Amos 3:7 & Matthew 24…
By so doing, God will be gently taking you by the hand and towards your precious little girl who will run to greet you again !!!

The hope of the God’s eternal LOVE that awaits us is what will keep you strong right now; and don’t let ANYTHING stand in the way of that, YOU HEAR ME ???

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 23 2009 @ 12:48AM

Uncle Tony says:Angel Teigan, make room in heaven for the rest of us who had the honor to be introduced to you. And “T”, Uncle “T” is telling you that beautiful and precious little “T” will be welcoming us into God’s Kingdom in exactly 688 days from today (6-23-2009)and I would not dare give someone false hope at such a time as this !

So don’t despair dear mamma, and get yourself ready to be acceptable before the Lord by picking up that Gospel of Grace and it is where your comfort lies at this time; for there isn’t anything more that the rest of us could say to you that could get you closer and quicker to your baby right now than this.

Begin with the Psalms and then check out Amos 3:7 & Matthew 24…
By so doing, God will be gently taking you by the hand and towards your precious little girl who will run to greet you again !!!

The hope of the God’s eternal LOVE that awaits us is what will keep you strong right now; and don’t let ANYTHING stand in the way of that, YOU HEAR ME ???

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 23 2009 @ 12:50AM

Crystal says:I don’t think that anyone has the correct thing to say in this situation,You just simply exist and thats all you can do at this point. I grew up with this family and I too have a daughter the same age and being a close member of the family and hearing the cries of a mother wanting her baby is the single worst sound in the world and I looked at the strongest women, mother,girlfreind,daughter ect that I have ever seen. The strength that she posessed was beyong explanation. I love you all so much more than you will ever know and Leah, If you ever get a chance to read this…It’s you and me, thick or thin no matter the odds no matter the hurt, we get through it togather, always have…always will, you are my sister and I love you very much!

~I know your in heaven you beautiful little angel!Make sure to hold your mamma tight and lay with her as she knows your right there with her!

-Crystal and Hayle

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 23 2009 @ 1:14PM

Heather Selby says:My heart breaks for Ryan and Teigan’s family’s. This is a horrible situation. Ryan is not a horrible person he did a horrible thing. He loved that little girl so very very much!! Seems like now almost to much. He was so afraid of losing her. I remember the 1st time I meet Teigan she kept yelling daddy daddy fix my egg. Ryan went right over and put her easter egg back together. Teigan lend over and kissed him on the cheek and said I love you daddy. People can say whatever they want about Ryan but the one thing he was, was a really good dad.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 23 2009 @ 4:55PM

Ray SternAuthor Profile Page says:What a chilling comment.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 23 2009 @ 5:03PM

MaryJane says:”Good Dads” don’t kill their children. “Good Dads” don’t kill their children.”Good Dads” don’t kill their children.”Good Dads” don’t kill their children.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 23 2009 @ 7:47PM

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