2011-02-09 / Front Page

Snow Buried Cars Hid Flushing Suicide, Astoria Man Missing

BY LIZ GOFF

Queens residents last week discovered the bodies of two men trapped inside cars that were buried by recent snowstorms.
The last time family members saw Kevin Ronan alive was on January 25, when he argued with family members and stormed out of their Suffolk County home threatening to kill himself, authorities said.
Ronan was found in his car in Flushing where he had killed himself with a single shot to the head.
Family members had been searching for Ronan since he left the home on January 25, investigators said. The family reported him missing on the same day.
Ronan’s brother was walking near his Flushing home last week when he spotted a vehicle buried in snow at the corner of 162nd Street and Laburnum Avenue, investigators said. He thought he recognized the vehicle and went to investigate and found his brother’s body in the driver’s seat.
Police who arrived at the scene recovered a shotgun next to the body. Investigators believe Ronan used the weapon to take his own life. Ronan, 36, had a history of alcohol, drug and mental problems, police said.
Neighbors who live near where the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was discovered said the snow was piled so high that it was impossible to determine the make of it.
Police are awaiting results of testing by the city Medical Examiner’s Office to determine when Ronan died.
Police are also waiting for a determination by the city Medical Examiner on the date and cause of death of another man found entombed in his snowbound car in Astoria last weekend.
Police said the 31-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing on February 2.
An EMS worker discovered the frozen body of the man sitting in a blue BMW with New Jersey plates at 28th Street and Newtown Avenue at about 12:17 a.m. on February 6. A mound of snow that had buried the car started to melt last Saturday, clearing a section of glass that partially revealed the body, police sources said.
Police said there were no visible signs of trauma and it was impossible to determine how long the man had been in the car.
Anyone who might have seen either victim entering his car is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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