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La Vista police chief calls subpoena to testify in Ryan Larsen case

PAPILLON, Nebraska (Nebraska) — La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten is fighting a subpoena forcing him to testify Tuesday at a hearing that aims to declare Ryan Larsen “presumably dead.”

The 11-year-old boy disappeared on May 17, 2021 after graduating from La Vista West Elementary School. His mother, Tammy Larsen, filed a motion in Sarpi County Court on January 10 to have Ryan declared dead due to the care he needed as a child with autism.

On Friday, Lausten filed a motion with the Sarpi County Court to vacate the subpoena, saying the search for Ryan and the criminal investigation into his disappearance are ongoing and that certain information in the case must be kept confidential to ensure the integrity of the investigation. .

But an affidavit from Ryan’s mother, notarized on Dec. 5, says La Vista Police Detective Greg Carrico told Tammi Larsen in November 2022 that the LVPD was no longer actively investigating and referred the case to the Omaha Police Department’s Cold Case Division. , stating that any progress on the case at this stage would be a “recovery effort”.

Tammy Larsen’s petition also laid out the blame for Ryan’s disappearance, placing the blame on the school and the district, claiming that a La Vista Elementary School employee saw him leave, but “the school did not take immediate action to prevent him from leaving school grounds.” or return it.

Larsen also says in the petition that she intends to file a lawsuit against Papillion-La Vista Public Schools, stating that the injuries and death were caused by the school district’s negligence or wrongdoing.

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