- Associated Press - Monday, October 7, 2019

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead after being abducted last week from his Santa Cruz County home was shot to death.

The county’s Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday an autopsy revealed that 50-year-old Tushar Are died of a gunshot wound.

Sheriff officials say Tushar was kidnapped “during a crime” and last seen getting into a white BMW SUV on Oct. 1. The BMW was later located along with a body.

Officials identified the body last week as Atre.

Investigators say they believe the motive for the kidnapping was robbery. No suspects have been identified.

Atre owns a Santa Cruz-based firm called AtreNet Inc. that helps companies design their websites.

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