April 13, 2005

04/13/05: Keith Ryan, 22, Peoria, IL

Keith Ryan is missing.

Keith Ryan
Missing since 4/13/05
Peoria, Illinois
Keith Ryan, 22, a bartender who lived in Springfield,  Ill., traveled to Peoria with friends the evening of April 12, 2005. The group stopped at several downtown Peoria bars for drinks. About 3:20 a.m. at a bar called the Adams Apple, Ryan told his friends he was going outside to get some fresh air. He didn't come back.

Ryan’s disappearance has stumped Peoria police, who’ve viewed hours of surveillance footage collected from Main Street and neighboring side street businesses. In some, there was no Keith Ryan. Others, however, show [Ryan] walking alone next to the strip of bars. One camera—probably the best piece of evidence police have—captures Ryan walking northeast in the direction of Interstate 74, which at the time, was under construction.'We don’t know if he continued walking or stopped or what,' Peoria police spokeswoman Ann Ruggles said. 'He took a turn around a building and was out of sight.'"

The case remains open, Peoria police spokeswoman Ann Ruggles said, but it has sat dormant for years. “We’ve had no leads, no sightings, no calls. Without that, there’s not much we can do,” she said.

Roger Ryan, Keith's father, worked for 25 years with the Decatur Police before he retired as a detective.He remains determined to solve his son’s case.

“Now it can only help," he told the Journal Star. "If anyone has any information, we would love to hear from them.”

If you have any information, please call the Peoria Police Department at 309-673-4521.

About Keith
Keith worked as a bartender at Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe with his roommate, Brandon Mosley. 
Brandon told The State Journal-Register a week after Ryan’s disappearance that he had known Ryan for about four years and considered him his best friend. 

Ryan had moved to Springfield from Decatur, Ill., about seven months before he disappeared.

According to his father, Roger, Keith was an experienced swimmer from the time he was a child. 

Case Details

Name/age: Keith Ryan, 22, Peoria, Illinois
Physical Description: 6-foot-tall, 210 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes
Last wearing: blue jeans, a short-sleeved black shirt with a white stripe on each side, black dress shoes
Last Seen: 04/13/05, 3:20 am, Adams Apple bar, 500 block of Main Street, Peoria, Illinois

Investigating Agency: Peoria Police Department at 309-673-4521

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