MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A missing Maryland business owner has been found dead inside the trunk of his own car in a Montgomery County parking lot. John Ryan was reported missing from his Frederick home last week.

Mike Schuh has reaction from his neighbors on this murder mystery.

Investigators are focusing on some key clues that were found inside the trunk with Ryan’s body–clues that have shocked the neighbors.

Police served a search warrant, carefully combing through the home and work car of 37-year-old John Ryan. Ryan, the owner of a powerwashing company, was found killed Monday in the trunk of his Lexus.

“The victim was found dead in the trunk of that vehicle. Also in the trunk was about a pound of marijuana and some cash,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.

Ryan’s car was discovered in a Montgomery County parking lot used by several businesses. Authorities were on the lookout for his Lexus since his wife reported him missing last week.

Police say Ryan left his home in Frederick early in the morning on Nov. 28. He spoke to his wife on the phone later that morning, then disappeared.

“It was a shock. It was a big shock; he was a good man,” said neighbor Julie Miller.

Miller says Ryan was a family man who loved his two young daughters.

“He was known by so many and liked by so many,” Miller said.

Others say he was heavily involved in his community.

“Guy was a great guy to work with and to be around and I actually played church basketball with him,” said neighbor Louis King.

“You really feel for the family in moments like this. Very shocked and saddened by the news,” said neighbor Nate Robinson.

Police are now looking for clues in the parking lot where Ryan’s body was found.

“One of the things investigators are doing is contacting businesses in the area where the vehicle was located to see if there is surveillance video,” Shipley said.

That video could provide answers about who killed John Ryan.

Police say there were obvious signs of trauma to Ryan’s body. The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

Police say Ryan often traveled between Maryland, Virginia and D.C. for his business.


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