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Stolen car belonging to killed Ashtabula deli owner found in Euclid

Posted: 12:38 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 12:38:36-04
Meola Car
Tom Meola

The stolen vehicle belonging to an Ashtabula County deli owner who was found dead over the weekend was found unoccupied at an apartment complex in Euclid Tuesday morning.

At about 8:30 a.m., Painesville police received information from a caller in regards to an unoccupied vehicle that matched the description of the stolen vehicle that belonged to homicide victim Tim Meola, according to a Painesville police news release.

Euclid police were dispatched to the apartment where the vehicle was found and confirmed it was Meola’s gray 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Painesville detectives responded to the scene, and the vehicle is currently being processed with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call Painesville police at 440-392-5840.

Meola, the beloved owner of Meola’s Catering and Guyreino’s Deli, was found dead by his daughter in his Lake County home on Saturday morning.

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