Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: Back in 2004 or 2005 when I lived in Sacramento, there was a young man in his 20s who went missing after a party. He was last seen on a gas station's security cameras around 1 or 2 a.m. About a week later, a body and a car were found alongside I-80 near Roseville, crashed in some trees. Were these two incidents related?
Submitted by: SuperVan, Norfolk, VA
ANSWER: The young man who was reported missing in September 2004 after attending a party in Davis was 21-year-old Sean Patrick Sullivan of Roseville.
His body was found eight days later about 20 feet from where his vehicle came to rest after it crashed into a sound wall on eastbound Interstate 80 near Greenback Lane.
According to accounts in The Bee, Sullivan, a Sierra College student, was last seen on a surveillance camera getting into his car between 4 and 4:30 a.m. Sept. 19 and driving away from a fast-food-restaurant parking lot at La Riviera Drive and Howe Avenue.
Eight days later, a state Department of Transportation worker picking up trash on the side of the road discovered Sullivan's 1993 black Chevrolet Camaro lodged in a thick, brushy area in front of the sound wall. According to the California Highway Patrol, Sullivan appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle and landed in a ditch at the base of the wall, which was 35 to 40 feet from the roadway.
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