Suspect found guilty for 1988 murder of man found dead in Va.

Timothy Warnick (Photo credit: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

LOUDOUN CO. – 30 years after Henry E. Ryan was found dead at age 29 in Loudoun County, deputies say a suspect has been found guilty for his murder.

Timothy Warnick is now facing life in prison after being found guilty Thursday for the first-degree murder of Ryan.

Ryan, who was known as “Ricky” to friends and family, was last seen on September 30, 1988 in West Virginia after going on a beer run with Warnick. Deputies say Ryan never returned.

Six months later, Ryan was found dead in a shallow grave off of Route 9 in Loudoun County, deputies say.

Detectives say after interviewing family members, friends, and witnesses, they established a timeline of events involving Warnick leading up to Ryan’s death.

The jury has recommended Warnick, who is now 59, a sentence of life plus five years.

“Justice has finally been served due to the dedicated efforts of our detectives and the prosecutorial team involved in this case,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman after hearing Thursday’s verdict.