Girl allegedly killed by father in murder-suicide

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FLAGSTAFF - Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a father and young daughter.

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A deputy found the bodies of 29-year-old Ryan Peters and his 3-year-old daughter Teigan Peters, both from the Phoenix-area, shortly after midnight on Monday. They were discovered in the area of Parissawampitts Point off Highway 67 leading to the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

Mesa police officers called the Coconino County Sheriff's Office on Sunday after a relative of Ryan's called police and said they were concerned for Ryan and Teigan's safety. The relative described Ryan as "despondent" and possibly suicidal as the result of a divorce and a custody decision.

Mesa police discovered Ryan's ex-wife had filed a custodial interference complaint with the Gilbert Police Department on Friday when Ryan did not return Teigan to her mother.

Detectives in Coconino County will continue with the investigation as a murder-suicide case and will try and determine what led to their deaths.