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

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.


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iheartkarma
iheartkarma

Deplorable.  Killing your child to spite your ex is truly the most selfish act any person could commit.  I don't care who did what.  It's too bad he didn't stick around to be held accountable for  his actions.  That is what makes him a coward. 

iheartkarma
iheartkarma

What Tisha said to Ryan that day?  He had written goodbye letters a day or two before the murder.  He obviously had made up his mind before "that day". 

Amy
Amy

Give me a break.  Ryan was the one who aimed a weapon at his innocent precious little daughter and CHOSE to pull the trigger to kill her.  NOTHING Tisha said should have mattered if he were a proper Dad/Father.  NOTHING. 

Ocean1206
Ocean1206

May Ryan burn in hell!!!! He is the worst person father ever to exist who would kill there own child an innocent child! What a piece of crap! There is no reason or excuse for what he has done and all his family and people sticking up for him is just to make themselves feel better or sleep better! How could he pick up that gun point it at that precious little girl and end her life!! Hes is a poor excuse for a human!! And he is definitely not a father!

Guest123
Guest123

like i said, he should have just settled for a labottamy

Guest123
Guest123 like.author.displayName 1 Like

A good dad would NEVER even remotely think of harming his own child!!!!    Im sorry for the loss of little Teigan's life, she did not deserve that.  She is will God, and i surely hope God sent him to hell!!!!   His family should be ashamed that they did not install better morals in that idiots head.   Rest in Peace sweet child. 

Grandma C.
Grandma C.

I don't think Ryan's family had ANY idea that he would do this, they loved Teigan as much as the rest of us did.  Look at these posts, even his family thought "something" happened or was done or said to Ryan within a few days of the murder to make him do this.  Due to the notes that were left, it's pretty obvious that wasn't the case.  There wasn't just one thing that brought Ryan to the edge, this was a long time coming, but none of us saw it. 

Desi
Desi like.author.displayName 1 Like

GOOD DADS dont kill their children!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Dont make up excuses for this sick man

Amy
Amy like.author.displayName 1 Like

I just watched the show about this on Dr. Phil.  Ultimately THE DAD, RYAN, made the CHOICE to kill his daughter.  He could've made the choice to just kill himself and his little girl would still be around.  She wasn't given a CHOICE.  May God help all the survivors.  I understand the pain all parties must feel but making excuses doesn't cut it.  There are NO excuses for what this man did to that precious baby.  No matter HOW MAD he was at her Mother...he directed his anger at his innocent daughter. 

Jblakz
Jblakz

Who are we to judge? We don't know what was going through his mind, Obviously alot of hurt and pain and feeling like he would never see his daughter again..in our minds this may not have been the best solution however in his at that present time it was. its very tragic and I feel so bad for both families!

Maxonepercent
Maxonepercent

I am sorry for your loss, but there is no way this guy can be described as a good dad. He was a selfish monster for what he did. People like him make me hope that there is a hell and he is burning in it as we speak.

Guest
Guest

He was not the devil.... The mother was!

Colllegeguy2001
Colllegeguy2001

whoever the murderer was was the devil.  May he rot in hell for eternity.

Lisaro
Lisaro like.author.displayName 1 Like

 I think you have it backwards was he your brother, or family cause you failed this child too

Damacla60
Damacla60 like.author.displayName 1 Like

What? Sounds like he wanted to get back at his ex wife more than he cared about loving his gorgeous sweet little angel!

the cousin
the cousin

he really did love that little girl. i know what he did was wrong and there is noooooo way anyone could just look at this and understand why he did it. i knew them both, and i know in his mind he was trying to protect her...even though to all us it looked wrong and horrible. to him it was right. he did it cause he didnt want anyone to hurt his little girl.

WhoKnows.
WhoKnows.

Well you're a fricken nutcase. You should be put away for saying that!

Guest123
Guest123

He should have settled for a Lobottamy.   what a loser

Grandma C.
Grandma C. like.author.displayName 1 Like

It's been over a year now and the hurt will never go away. I'm so lucky to say that I was one of Teigan's grandmas (lucky her, she had 3!). She made a huge impact on my life in her 3 short years and every day since she's been gone. It seems like some people just don't get it, no matter what Teigan's mom supposedly said or did, it gave NO RIGHT for Ryan to kill their baby. Why should anyone take responsibility for his actions, including his family? Unfortunately NO ONE could have guessed that this would happen. I live my life knowing that every second I spent with Teigan was all about Teigan. This is how we should all live every day with the ones we love, because you never know when they'll be gone.

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