PAINESVILLE — Police are asking the public for help finding a Ashtabula businessman's vehicle after police found him dead in his home Saturday, and his vehicle was missing.
The Painesville resident was identified as Timothy Meola, 65, owner of Guyreino's Deli/Meola Catering on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula. Foul play is suspected and authorities are investigating it as such.
Police were notified Saturday morning when Meola didn't show up for a catering job and couldn't be reached. When they arrived at the home, they found Meola deceased inside.
Meola's vehicle, a gray 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Ohio plates GWC-1718, has been reported stolen from the residence and police are on the look out for it.
Meola lived in a Century home on Mentor Avenue near Lake Erie College. He was a St. John High School graduate and studied at Kent State University.
On Sunday, friends and former co-workers shared their shock and sadness.
Ward 5 Ashtabula City Council person, Jane Haines, said she is "deeply saddened by this horrific tragedy."
Joe Pete, an Ashtabula Township Trustee, said Meola was "such a nice guy."
Ashtabula native Shelley Currence said it was devastating.
"He would have given a stranger the shirt off his back if they asked," she said. "We surely lost a good citizen."
The Lake County Coroner’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are assisting the Painesville police with the investigation.
Anyone with information involving this investigation or vehicle is encouraged to contact the Painesville Police Department at 440-392-5840.