10-year-old victim of Amity triple homicide laid to rest

Posted June 30, 2010, at 8:21 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.
HOULTON: Mourners gather outside Dunn Funeral Home in Houlton after funeral services for Jesse Ryan, 10. Ryan, his father, Jeffrey Ryan, 55, and the elder Ryan?s close friend, 30-year-old Jason Dehahn of Amity, were found stabbed to death inside Jeffrey Ryan?s U.S. Route 1 mobile home in Amity last Wednesday evening. Cars lined both side of the street for Ryan's more than hour long funeral, which was attended by about 60 people. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JEN LYNDS
HOULTON: Mourners gather outside Dunn Funeral Home in Houlton after funeral services for Jesse Ryan, 10. Ryan, his father, Jeffrey Ryan, 55, and the elder Ryan?s close friend, 30-year-old Jason Dehahn of Amity, were found stabbed to death inside Jeffrey Ryan?s U.S. Route 1 mobile home in Amity last Wednesday evening. Cars lined both side of the street for Ryan's more than hour long funeral, which was attended by about 60 people. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JEN LYNDS

HOULTON, Maine — As the 10-year-old victim of a triple homicide in Amity last week was laid to rest Wednesday, Maine State Police continue to sift through evidence recovered from a vehicle investigators say is connected to the crime.

Approximately 60 people attended the funeral of Jesse Ryan, 10, the youngest victim of the slaying.

Ryan, his father, Jeffrey Ryan, 55, and the elder Ryan’s close friend, 30-year-old Jason Dehahn of Amity, were found stabbed to death inside Jeffrey Ryan’s U.S. Route 1 mobile home on June 23.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday evening, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Cars lined both sides of the street for Ryan’s funeral that lasted more than an hour Wednesday afternoon at Dunn Funeral Home in Houlton. Several children attended the ceremony. Ryan was a student at the Mill Pond School in Hodgdon, where he was described by teachers and staff as a bright, funny youngster who loved to hunt and fish.

After the funeral, interment was scheduled to be held at Peters Cove Cemetery in Orient, a rural community approximately 14 miles from Amity.

Funeral services for Jeffrey Ryan and Dehahn have not yet occurred.

Jamie Merrill, Jesse Ryan’s mother who lives in Lewiston, had shared custody of her son with Jeffrey Ryan, but the boy resided primarily with his father. The 10-year-old had gone to Lewiston to live with his mother in February, according to Shannon Ryan, 35, of Texas, who is one of Jeffrey Ryan’s children.

Merrill said her son had returned to Amity less than a week before the slayings to go fishing and spend some time with his father. He had just completed the fourth grade a short time before the killings.

On Saturday, the burned remnants of a pickup truck that had been sought in connection with last week’s triple homicide was found in Weston, about 15 miles from the Ryan home. A Cape Cod family found the 1989 Ford F-150 pickup registered to Jeffrey Ryan on their property. The truck disappeared from Ryan’s yard the day of the killings.

McCausland said Wednesday that State Police evidence response team technicians have concluded their examination of the truck at the crime lab in Augusta. He said police could report no new developments in the case, and that investigators continue to work out of the State Police barracks in Houlton.

McCausland said that none of the animals at the Amity home at the time of the killings was harmed. A pet cat was taken by Jeffrey Ryan’s teenage daughter, Mariah Ryan, last Wednesday, and one of the dogs was taken to be with family immediately. McCausland said the other dog went to a shelter, but the dog might have been picked up by family by now.

McCausland said he could not discuss additional details of the case.

“We will not be commenting on suspects or evidence,” he said Wednesday.

A man who identified himself as Jason Dehahn’s brother said in a telephone interview over the weekend that he and his father discovered the boy’s body in a back room when they went to Ryan’s home in search of Jason on Wednesday night. They returned home and called police, who later found the other bodies, he said.

Maine State Police said last week the homicides most likely occurred in the early morning hours of June 23.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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