Family appeals to public for closure in death
Published Friday, November 23, 2012 6:25AM MST
Last Updated Friday, November 23, 2012 6:38PM MST
The family of Ryan Lane released an emotional statement on Friday appealing to the public for help to solve the murder of the young Calgary father.
Calgary police located the remains of Ryan Lane and declared his death a homicide on Thursday.
Lane, 24, was last seen in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 7, 2012, near the 5200 block of Country Hills Boulevard N.W.
Police are not releasing how, where or when the skeletal remains were found for investigative reasons but will say they believe Lane met with foul play.
Lane's father, Bruce thanked police and volunteers for their hard work to bring his son's remains home.
"I would like to start by saying how grateful we are, for all the hard work the Calgary Police Service, the RCMP, and the numerous volunteers and departments with their resources that have been able to assist and are still involved, in bringing our son Ryan home," said Bruce Lane.
Police say charges of first-degree murder are anticipated against three suspects, two men and one woman, who they believe are involved in Lane’s death.
Calgary Police Staff Sergeant Grant Miller says they are working to put the final pieces together in the case. “I’m sure you can appreciate this is a very complicated investigation, a complicated case. We’ve had lots of consultation with the medical examiner’s office, Crown prosecutor’s office, and that leads us to the point where we are today.”
It is believed that Lane received a phone call earlier that night from someone offering to help him in a custody dispute.
Lane's father says his son just wanted to see his daughter. "Ryan wasn't in a custody battle, he just wanted visitation with his daughter which he was awarded by the courts. I believe it was on the night of his first visit with his daughter that he was taken and killed."
Lane's mother, Lorraine Jackson, said their lives have been turned inside out over the past ten months.
"We will never get over this. It will never get easier with time. He was only 24 years old," said Jackson. "Ryan will never have a chance to know his daughter, to find true love, to grow old with us. Everything is gone for him now. And we have to carry on?"
Ryan Lane would have been 25-years-old on December 17.
Anyone with information regarding Ryan Lane’s death is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
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