Tammi Larsen, the mother of Ryan Larsen, the 11-year-old boy who went missing in May 2021, filed a petition to have her son declared dead. In the petition, Tammi Larsen wants the date of her son’s death be listed as May 17. It was the day he was reported missing after walking out of La Vista West Elementary School.

Tammi claimed that she intends to make a claim with Papillion-La Vista Community Schools over the possible death of her son, and she requires a death certificate to proceed. Larsen alleged that her son is dead due to the “negligence or wrongful act or omission” of the school, the Papillion-La Vista school district, or its employees.

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Who is Ryan Larsen?

Ryan Larsen is a teen boy from Nebraska who went missing in May 2021 at the age of 11. Larsen, who is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, was reported missing after he left his school on May 17.

Despite all kinds of searches, no sign of Ryan Larsen was uncovered since that May afternoon. His disappearance became a cold case in November 2022. The boy’s mother, Tammi Larsen, filed a petition on January 10, 2023, at the Sarpy County Court in order to have her son presumed dead due to the medical care he requires for his autism.

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The court document states: “The missing individual, Ryan Larsen, due to his autism diagnosis and other medical conditions, was exposed to a specific peril or tragedy resulting in probable death under circumstances that may be proved by clear and convincing evidence.”

The La Vista Police Department released a statement, claiming that they were not made aware of any petition and are still investigating the disappearance of Ryan Larsen.

Taylor Larsen, Ryan Larsen’s sister took to social media last week to defend her family. She began the post by thanking those supporting the search effort but then moved on to a message for those criticizing her family.