The Kent County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help identifying anyone who may have picked up murder suspect, Jacob Alan Ryan on Sept. 16, 2021.

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Ryan is accused of fatally stabbing Rockford mother, 25-year-old Ciara Paul. Paul's two children, ages 2 and 5, were found injured in the home and transported to Helen Devos Children’s Hospital for medical treatment. According to Wood TV 8, the following day the children were listed in stable condition. Police had initially been called to the Cannon Township residence around 7:25 p.m. on September16 to perform a welfare check when they discover Paul's body and the injured children.

Ryan was located and arrested in Toledo, Ohio. He has been charged with homicide and assault with murderous intent.

Police believe someone may have picked up Ryan on Thursday, September 16th, in the area of Belding Rd. N.E. or Northland Dr. N.E. between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Ryan may have been dropped off in Grand Rapids to get on a Greyhound Bus. His picture was captured by security camera.

Kent County Sheriff's Office

The investigation is ongoing.

Police ask if you or someone you know provided a ride to Ryan, or have any information about the homicide to please contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division at (616) 632-6125.

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