An Ashland police officer retired after being identified as a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation.

In a news release, Ashland police said the vehicle was reported stolen around 5:45 a.m. April 28 from the 100 block of Seventh Avenue East. The vehicle’s owner found it undamaged later that morning in front of a local convenience store and notified police.

After viewing surveillance video from the convenience store on May 1, Ashland police identified a longtime officer of their department as a suspect. Ashland police then turned over the investigation to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, and the officer was placed on administrative leave, Ashland police reported.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office notified Ashland police on Tuesday “that the criminal investigation was essentially complete,” according to the news release.

Police did not identify the suspect officer but said the officer was an 18-year veteran of the department who has retired since being suspended.