A veteran James Logan High School teacher whose body was found at the bottom of a ravine last month died of natural causes, according to media reports.
According to the Marin Independent Journal, Christopher Ryan, 54, of Redwood City, died Oct. 11 due to complications related to heart disease.
Ryan, who was believed to be at-risk, was reported missing Oct. 10. His car was found that night off of Interstate Highway 280 and Highway 92 with his cell phone and medication inside.
His body was found the next day in a ravine along the Crystal Springs Reservoir.
The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office told the Marin IJ Tuesday that Ryan’s body showed no signs of trauma and that toxicology tests did not find any drugs or alcohol in his system.
Ryan worked at Logan since 1994 where he taught English and social science, as well as worked as a part-time administrator.
“He was always smiling,” former student Jessica Tam, 22, told Patch last month. “He was just so intellectual and carried a heavy appreciation for literature.”
Ryan’s love of literature was noted during a special ceremony at Logan last month where students presented his family with memorial messages written on special stationery.
“Chris loved books; many, many people the past few weeks have spoken about his intellect and love of learning,” Logan Principal Amy McNamara said in a statement.