A veteran teacher at a high school in Union City was found dead in near Crystal Springs Reservoir Thursday after being reported missing earlier this week, according to the New Haven Unified School District.
Christopher Ryan, 54, an English and social science teacher at James Logan High School, was found dead late Thursday afternoon at the bottom of a ravine off of Interstate Highway 280 and state Highway 92 along the Crystal Springs Reservoir, school district officials said.
Ryan, a Redwood City resident, had been reported missing by his family on Tuesday and his car was found abandoned, with medication inside and cell phone turned off, at a parking area off of the highway on Wednesday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
The cause of Ryan's death is unknown, pending an autopsy.
Grief counselors were being made available Friday for students at Logan High School, where Ryan had worked since 1994, including a period as a part-time administrator who was responsible for the school's master schedule,
according to the school district.
Ryan was reported missing by his sister, Katie Glapzel, who told sheriff's deputies that her brother was last seen on Tuesday morning around 8:20 a.m., sheriff's officials said.
She said her family is concerned because Ryan has a medical condition that requires daily medication and he is normally in constant contact with family members, sheriff's officials said.
At 11:34 p.m. Wednesday night, deputies found Ryan's black Acura sedan sitting empty at the Vista Three parking area near Interstate Highway 280 and state Highway 92 along the Crystal Springs Reservoir. In the car deputies found his medicine and his cellphone.
Before the car was discovered, family members and law enforcement had tried calling his phone to no avail. Sheriff's officials completed a trace of Ryan's phone with AT&T, which determined the cellphone had been turned off, according to sheriff's officials.
—Bay City News Service