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COLUMBUS, Ind. (Nov. 21, 2013)—The City of Columbus wants to remind everyone to stay vigilant in the seach for 36-year-old Ryan Allen Klug, wanted in connection to a murder in Columbus.

Klug became a wanted man on Tuesday after a 26-year-old Adaobi M. Obih’s body was found dead in a Columbus apartment. Police were alerted to Obih’s death after she missed work Monday and Tuesday without notifying anyone. Concerned coworkers contacted her apartment complex to ask about her. Police also contacted the property manager to request a welfare check, according to the arrest affidavit.

The city’s message said, “Area residents need to stay alert for Mr. Klug , Although we believe he has traveled outside of our area over the past 48 hrs, there’s no guarantee he will stay away. If Klug is seen or makes contact with anyone locally, you are asked to contact police immediately. Law Enforcement is encouraging Mr. Klug to turn himself into authorities. Multiple agencies are looking for him with all available resources being used.”

Klug works for the Indiana Department of Transportation, and police contacted his supervisor, who told them Klug’s behavior had been “off” lately. He sent a text message Sunday saying, “sick tomorrow, then vacation next two weeks.” His supervisor said the message was out of character and also violated the department’s vacation time policy. Klug did not return texts or phone calls, his supervisor said. He didn’t show up at work Monday or Tuesday.

His brother told police he’d spoken with Klug about two weeks ago. Klug wanted to get back with a girl he’d dated. The relationship ended about a year ago. His brother told Klug to call her; he said Klug discovered she was dating someone else and told him, “I’m losing control.”