Smyrna police search for man who left suicide note, disappeared with son

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SMYRNA, Ga. - Smyrna police are searching for a father they believe may not be stable, and he is with his 9 year-old son.

Ryan Stow was planning on taking a camping trip with his son, Braiden, but the father-son outing quickly turned frightening when Braiden’s grandfather found a written threat of suicide by cop inside the Smyrna home they share on Oakdale Drive. The note was written by Ryan Stow.

“Suicide by cop is basically when somebody provokes the police, whether it be with a weapon or something like that, to where they get shot by the police. Basically that's like a worst-case scenario for us,” said Smyrna police Officer Chris Graeff.

Police say the two were last seen in a 1995 burgundy Buick LeSabre with Georgia license plate number 34618QC.

“It hasn't quite reached the level of a Levi's Call.  That would require it to be a kidnapping,” said Graeff. 

According to officials, it could turn into a Levi’s Call if Stow does not return Braiden to his mother on the determined day and time arranged, but police can't confirm that date. They say Stow's cellphone is off, making communication impossible.

“There's plenty of places to camp all around here and Alabama, so at this point we have no leads as far as where he might be,” said Graeff.

Police say they are concerned for the safety of Braiden, as well as Stow. 

Ryan Stow is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 160 pounds, has green eyes and several tattoos.

His son Braiden is about 60 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Police say to use extreme caution around the two and call 911 if you see them.

There are no charges against Ryan Stow at this time.