Orient man indicted on 3 murder charges

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted July 09, 2010, at 3:45 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A 20-year-old Orient man charged with murder last week in the June 23 slaying of two Amity men and a 10-year-old boy was indicted Friday afternoon by the Aroostook County grand jury.

Thayne Ormsby, who was arrested last week in Dover, N.H., and reportedly confessed to the killings, was indicted on three counts of murder and one count of arson.

Ormsby is accused of fatally stabbing 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, Ryan’s 10-year-old son, Jesse, and 30-year-old Jason Dehahn at the Ryan home in the northern Maine town of Amity near the Canadian border.

The arson indictment was lodged because Ormsby allegedly stole Jeffrey Ryan’s truck after the killings and set it afire on a field road in Weston.

Two days after the killings, Ormsby was driven to Dover, N.H., where he was arrested on July 2 and held on a fugitive from justice charge. The murder charges came shortly after he told Maine State Police Detective Dale Keegan that he had stabbed all three to death, according to an affidavit written by Maine State Police De-tective Josh Haines. Keegan had traveled to New Hampshire to conduct the interview.

Ormsby made his initial appearance in District Court in Rochester, N.H., on the fugitive charge on Tuesday. He did not have a lawyer and did not enter a plea.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Ormsby has waived extradition from New Hampshire and state police are arranging for Ormsby’s return to Aroostook County early next week.

A public defender represented Ormsby during his appearance Friday in Rochester District Court.

Ormsby, who lists his hometown as Ellsworth on his Facebook page, reportedly told Keegan that he killed Jeffrey Ryan because he believed Ryan was a drug dealer.

A criminal background check on Ryan revealed no history of drug-related offenses.

Ormsby reportedly did not discuss the crimes in detail with the investigators.

Police also garnered information about the killings from Robert Strout, an Orient man who allowed Ormsby to stay at the home that he and his wife, Joy Strout, own.

Strout allegedly told investigators that Ormsby came to his home shortly after the slayings and told him that he killed Jeffrey and Jesse Ryan and Dehahn, Jeffrey Ryan’s close friend who was visiting the home. Strout said that Ormsby threatened to harm his family if he did not help him conceal evidence of the crime.

Strout allegedly was behind the wheel of his own truck as he followed Ormsby, who was driving Ryan’s vehicle, to the home of Tamara Strout, Robert Strout’s daughter, after the killings so Ormsby could burn his blood-soaked clothing in her furnace. Strout said he also followed Ormsby as he drove Ryan’s truck to the field road so he could burn the stolen vehicle. He also told police that he took the 20-year-old to a bog on U.S. Route 1 in Orient so Ormsby could throw the weapon allegedly used in the killings into the murky water.

As of Friday, Strout had not been charged with any crime.

Ormsby came to stay at the Strouts’ home just after Memorial Day and was reportedly the boyfriend of Mariah Strout, the 16-year-old daughter of Jeffrey Ryan and Tamara Strout. Ormsby reportedly told police that his future plans were to move to Weston to live with Mariah Strout in Tamara Strout’s home.

According to the affidavit, Jeffrey Ryan was stabbed to death in a woodshed on his property. Dehahn was killed outside the home and his body was found in a ditch at the end of the front yard. Jesse Ryan was killed in a back bedroom, according to the affidavit.

Ormsby gave no motive for killing Jesse Ryan or Dehahn and told police he had never met them. He has denied threatening Robert Strout or any member of the Strout family and said that it was Strout who advised him to leave town after the killings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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