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Child sexual assault suspect flees from deputies in multi-county pursuit

Update – This morning at approximately 7:45 a.m. Callaway County Sheriff’s Office received notification that Raymond Ryan was taken into custody in Saint Louis.  No further details are available at this time.

Date:  June 2, 2017

Wanted person information: 

Raymond W. Ryan, 37, of Fulton

Reporting officer:  Lt. Curtis Hall

Narrative: 

On June 2, 2017, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office investigators were investigating a child sexual assault offense involving Raymond Ryan.

At approximately 3:50 p.m., Callaway County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies located a vehicle occupied by Ryan traveling east on State Road O in the city of Fulton.  As deputies attempted to catch up to Ryan’s vehicle, he sped up and started driving erratically, passing cars and speeding on State Road UU northeast of Fulton.   Deputies attempted to stop Ryan, however he refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

Deputies pursued Ryan on State Road UU, onto various gravel roads in eastern Callaway County.  During the pursuit, Ryan briefly stopped and let out one of the vehicle occupants, a juvenile child.  That child was quickly taken into protective custody by deputies and was deemed safe.  Ryan then continued to flee, reaching State Road D in eastern Callaway County.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) was contacted for assistance with the pursuit and dispatched an aerial unit to assist.  Deputies continued to pursue Ryan on State Road D to Highway 94, ultimately entering Montgomery and Gasconade counties.

The pursuit continued into the city limits of Hermann where deputies lost sight of Ryan and terminated the pursuit.  A short time later, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol spotted and engaged in a vehicle pursuit with Ryan, ultimately leading into St. Louis County.  A MSHP aerial vehicle was able to track Ryan’s vehicle and observed Ryan park the vehicle and flee on foot into a heavily wooded area.  MSHP and assisting deputies located three other juveniles, which had remained in the vehicle with Ryan until he abandoned the vehicle.  After an extensive search with aerial, K9 and law enforcement personnel, Ryan was not located.  The St. Louis County search continues.

Late this evening, a Callaway County felony warrant with NO BOND was issued for Ryan’s arrest for the following charges:  Felony Resisting Arrest, Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child (four counts) and traffic charges.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges could be forthcoming.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS TIME.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, State of Missouri Children’s Division, and several Sheriff’s Offices and municipal police departments are assisting with the investigation.

End of press release.

** All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law **

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