According to the Minot Daily News, the North Dakota Highway Patrol had made the traffic stop approximately one block north of Railway Avenue in east Minot after suspecting Eback, who was driving, of an alcohol violation. Authorities say the trooper was about to conduct a field sobriety test when Eback fled on foot into a residential area.
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An extensive, multi-agency search was conducted of the river in the area of the walk bridge on the east side of Roosevelt Park. Side-scanning sonar and divers were used in the search effort, which was hampered by a strong current and cold water.
Eback's body surfaced on May 6 in the Mouse River in the area where authorities had been searching. Ryan's family and friends are left with many unanswered questions, such as why Eback would run toward the river, how he was able to outrun a police officer when police say he was so intoxicated as to jump in, and why the recovery effort took so long despite the use of advanced equipment and dive teams in a relatively small area.
About Ryan Eback
Ryan Luke Eback, 27, Minot, died April 16, 2009, in Minot and was found May 6, 2009, in Minot.
Ryan was born in Devils Lake on May 27, 1981, and was raised there. He moved to Minot in 2000, where he gained employment at NQI, Terhorst Manufacturing, Wholesale Supply, and most recently Liechty Homes, all of Minot. Ryan answered his true calling by moonlighting as a logger, working privately in Devils Lake and Minot over the years.
Ryan was a devoted San Francisco 49ers fan. He enjoyed the outdoor picnics and grilling with his family and friends.
Ryan was a devoted father to his daughter, Alora, with whom he shared many cherished memories. He had a simple and fulfilling life that he lived on his own terms. Ryan is lost to all who loved him but never forgotten.
Those who shared in his life: Parents, Mark and Cindy Kilmer, Minot; daughter, Alora Eback, and her mother, Katina Tengesdal, both of Minot; sister, Amanda Clegg, Fort Dix, N.J.; brothers, Robert Eback, Minot, and Jamie Miller, Fargo; grandmother, Sheila Blasky of Kentucky; and grandfather, Ken Koppen, Devils Lake; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Ryan was preceded in death by his grandmother, Donna Koppen, and grandfather, Glenn Blasky.
The funeral was held Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Source: Minot Daily News Obituary, May 12, 2009.
Facts in This Case
Name/age: Ryan Eback, 27
Last seen: 4/16/09, Minot, ND near Railway Avenue
Recovered: 5/6/09, Mouse River, Minot, ND
Physical Description: 5'8", 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes