The Justice Files: Mother searches for answers in cold case

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OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Five years and counting.
That’s how long Tina Ross has been waiting for answers.

In 2013, her son, Ryan Bush disappeared.  A few weeks later his body turned up at a recycling center near Los Angeles.

“If he would have cleaned up he was a great person,” said Ross.

But Bush was trouble for his mother.

“He met those two guys and he was just going down the wrong, wrong path,” she said.

Drugs forced Ross to kick her son out of the house.  He was living on the streets of Ogden.

But she said he still kept in touch, that is until April 15th, 2013.

“The next day I didn’t hear from him,” Ross said.

Three days later, she filed a missing persons report.  In May she learned her son’s body was found near Los Angeles.

“I didn’t believe it,” she said.  “I didn’t know how he could get to L.A.”

His body was found at a recycling center in Wilmington, California.  She soon learned police tracked Bush’s body to a  a recycling center in Ogden.  The company ships material to the California plant and Bush was part of a shipment.    How he died remains a mystery.

“We could not determine any obvious signs,” said Lt. Brian Eynon with the police department’s major crimes investigations.  “The coroner’s report was undetermined as to cause of death.”

But Ross feels her son was murdered and is frustrated with police.
She claimed two of her son’s friends have information that points to murder.

“His best friend was the driver and Ryan was in the trunk,” she said.  “He took a lie detector test and passed.”

Ross said one of those friends claimed a drug dealer was angry over a deal gone bad.

“They beat him, beat Ryan and tortured him for three days,” Ross said.

Lt. Eynon said the two were questioned and they pointed to persons of interest.

“We found them and interviewed them and based on their interviews and search for evidence, we could not corroborate the things that he said,” said Lt. Eynon.

As Ross searches for answers, there’s bitterness with police.

“I know if it was one of theirs or if my son was a cop then it would have been important,” said Ross. “But since he wasn’t it’s not important to them.”

Lt. Eynon said he understands the mother’s anger.   But he said they don’t have anything to investigate because the tips have stopped coming in.

He said if someone knows something, say something.  Detectives can be reached at 801-395-8221 or detectives@ogdencity.com.

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