UNION CITY -- A missing James Logan High School teacher was found dead Thursday morning in a San Mateo County ravine, police said Friday.
Chris Ryan, 54, of Redwood City, was reported missing by his family Tuesday. His car was found Wednesday night in a parking area off Interstate 280 near Highway 92. A search and rescue team found his body late Thursday afternoon at the bottom of a nearby ravine, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said.
The cause of Ryan's death is unknown pending an autopsy, which was scheduled Friday, Rosenblatt said. Authorities said the incident remains under investigation.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Ryan's family during this difficult time, and our priority is tending to the needs of our students and staff," New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Kari McVeigh said Friday.
Grief counselors were made available Friday for students and staff at the school in Union City, district spokesman Rick La Plante said.
The sad news came on the day of the school's homecoming, La Plante said.
Ryan, who taught English and social science, was hired by the district in 1994. For several years, he also served as a part-time administrator and was responsible for the master schedule, La Plante said.
Principal Amy McNamara met with teachers and other staff members Friday morning to inform them of Ryan's death and to discuss appropriate ways to tell students, La Plante
Memorial services are pending, La Plante said.
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