Denver BBQ shop owner Stacy Van Tuyl found safe

Van Tuyl disappeared from the restaurant Wednesday
Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 13:21:42-04

DENVER -- Local restaurateur Stacy Van Tuyl has been found safe after going missing earlier this week.

Tuyl showed up to his BBQ shop to prep food at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, but later went missing. Meat was left on the counter, his wallet and his phone were inside but there was no sign of him.

His wife arrived at the restaurant, Ragin' Hog BBQ, around 8:30 a.m. and called police when she realized her husband was missing. Family members say it appears blood spots were also left behind, in addition to a hand print smear on the wall. His car was still in the parking lot.

"There was meat on the counter ready to be put into the smoker, I mean he wouldn’t just pick up and walk away. I mean something tells me, something happened," said Courtney Watson, Tuyl's sister.

The Denver Police Department confirmed on Friday that Van Tuyl had been found. Officers said he was being checked out for any medical problems.