The remains of former Cochrane resident Ryan Lane have been located, and two men and one woman are facing murder charges in connection with the incident.
Lane, who had a five-year-old daughter, went missing on Feb. 7 from the 5200 block of Country Hills Boulevard in northwest Calgary, and police have been searching for the 24-year-old ever since.
“I believe it was on the night of his first visit with his daughter that he was taken and killed,” said Lane’s mother Lorraine Jackson during a statement on Nov. 23. “The only thing that keeps me from losing my mind is the hope that those who did this will be charged and go to jail for a very long time.”
Jackson clarified that her son was not in a custody battle for his daughter as reports had indicated, but simply wanted visitation rights to see her, which Jackson indicated the courts had granted Lane.
Lane’s father, Bruce Lane was also present during the statement.
The three suspects police have in custody are said to be uncooperative with authorities; they will all soon face first-degree murder charges.
Staff Sgt. Grant Miller with Calgary Police Services’ homicide unit said they believe Lane’s murder was a targeted incident and not a random act.
Miller also said the discovery of Lane’s skeletal remains is not connected with remains found Oct. 13 just south of Cochrane on Range Road 252.
Police are not revealing where or when they found Lane.
A search for his body in June was conducted in the Beiseker area. The search was conducted by Calgary Police Services (CPS), Calgary Search and Rescue, K-9, Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety, the Calgary Fire Department and volunteers, who combed an area south of Highway 72, between Range Road 263 and Range Road 265.
During the investigation, police were looking for the occupants of two vehicles seen at the location where Lane disappeared.
The vehicles were a red 1996 Jeep Cherokee and a red 1998 GMC Sierra pickup that was carrying a load of wood.
The family continues to make a plea that anyone with information regarding Lane’s death comes forward to help bring an end to their nightmare.
“The end of the worst year of our lives is near,” said Lane’s mother, “and soon we will be able to lay him to rest.”
Lane was a graduate of Bow Valley High School.