A Gilbert man shot and killed his 3-year-old daughter and then turned the gun on himself Sunday, according to Mesa police.
The bodies of Ryan Peters and Teigan Peters, killed from apparent gunshot wounds, were found in Coconino County at a campsite in the area of Parissawampitts Point off Highway 67, which leads to the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
"Teigan ... was a lively, beautiful, young 3-year-old girl who brought joy and laughter to every life she touched during her brief journey on earth," her family wrote in a statement. "She loved singing Mother Goose nursery rhymes and the Wiggles."
Police identified the girl with her father's surname while the family referred to her as Teigan Brown, her mother's surname.
According to Sgt. Ed Wessing, Mesa police spokesman, the search for Peters and his daughter began about 5:30 p.m., when the man's father called Mesa police, worried that his son was suicidal.
Peters and the girl's mother have been divorced since April 2007, according to family court records, but tension between Peters, his ex-wife and her boyfriend had been escalating in recent days.
The mother, Tisha Brown, 26, filed for an order of protection against Peters on Thursday.
"He is stalking me and harassing me," she wrote.
Brown alleged that Peters or a co-worker had parked outside her boyfriend's home, took pictures and then sped away when she approached.
"He has threatened to come to my boyfriend's home, and he accuses me of living there with our daughter, which he doesn't want."
Also on Thursday, Peters filed for an injunction against harassment against Brown's boyfriend, accusing the boyfriend of threatening him.
"I believe he will come to my home and try to hurt me and or harbor my daughter from me," Peters wrote.
Brown filed a report with Gilbert police on Friday, alleging custodial interference, when he didn't return Teigan as stipulated by a custody agreement.
When Mesa investigators got involved, they were able to track his phone to a section in northern Arizona.
"All the family knew was he was camping somewhere," Wessing said.
Peters made more calls to his family, making them more worried about his state of mind.
He finally told a relative he was in an area between Jacob Lake and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office sent a deputy, who found the bodies.
"(Sunday), her precious life was taken from us in an act of domestic violence," her family wrote.
The family said they hope to honor Teigan's memory by raising awareness about domestic violence.