PAINESVILLE — The stolen vehicle belonging to homicide victim Timothy Meola was found Tuesday at an Euclid apartment complex, according to police.
Painesville police received a call at about 8:30 a.m. in regards to an unoccupied vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was partially hidden by a garbage dumpster. Euclid police were immediately dispatched to the apartment complex and confirmed the gray 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee was Meola's, police said.
Painesville police detectives and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) went to the scene. BCI is processing the vehicle for evidence, police said.
Meola, 65, owner of Guyreino's Deli/Meola Catering on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula, was found deceased in his home on Saturday.
Meola's daughter, Miranda Meola, called police shortly before noon when Meola didn't show up for a catering job and couldn't be reached. She told the 911 dispatcher that she found the door to his Mentor Avenue home unlocked, security cameras knocked down, blood in her father's bathroom and her father and his vehicle missing.
When police arrived at the home, they discovered Meola deceased in the upstairs of his home.
Police had put numerous bulletins out for Meola's vehicle, including a photo of the make and style of Meola's Jeep.
Meola was a graduate of St. John High School and Kent State University. He owned the catering business for 40 years and is well known in the community.
Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the Painesville Police Department at 440-392-5840.