Authorities identify body found in ditch as Haysville man

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It was along a rural stretch of Hydraulic, just south of Wichita, where the body of 26-year-old Ryan Bolen was found.

It took more than a day, but police finally located Bolen's car.

It was sitting in a field about a quarter mile from where his body was found and about a mile from his home.

His mother speculated that his got stuck, and he may have been hit by a car walking home.

Neighbors fear the same.

"My first reaction was I wondered if they were a pedestrian and got hit or something,” neighbor Brenda Lord said.

A common concern is people speeding up and down Hydraulic.

"They use Hydraulic from about 79th down to 95th as a race track, drag racing or whatever,” neighbor Charlene Randall said.

"Especially when you have a straight away, they just go crazy,” Randall said.

Police have yet to make a ruling on the cause of Bolen’s death and are awaiting results of an autopsy.

"I hope and pray that they determine what happened. It's sad that someone is dead and I pray for their families,” Randall said.

Previous updates:

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified a 26-year-old Haysville man whose body was found in a ditch Monday afternoon. 

A passerby found the body of Ryan Bolen off of Hydraulic near 81st Street South. A cause of death was not released.

Investigators call his death suspicious and are looking into his activities on Sunday and Monday. They are also searching for a gray 2006 Volkswagen Jetta with Kansas tag 653 HUL. 

Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff's office investigators at (316) 660-5300.

"Someone in the community knows what happened and we need their help with this investigation."

The below tweet from the sheriff's office incorrectly spelled the man's last name.

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