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The owner of Burd Ford in Lawrence was found dead in his office Tuesday morning, apparently by suicide.

Richard A. Burd, 43, was discovered by his wife and police on a couch in his office at 2:40 a.m., according to a Lawrence police report.

Christine Burd, 40, had gone to the dealership at 10300 Pendleton Pike when Richard Burd hadn’t returned home. She said she left him at the office at 10 p.m. and grew concerned when she woke up at 2 a.m. and discovered he still hadn’t come home.

Burd went to the dealership, saw her husband’s car in the parking lot and called police before entering, according to the report.

Burd was found on the couch and appeared to have committed suicide. The report did not indicate why detectives believe it was a suicide.

The Burds are well known through their television commercials.

The Marion County Coroner’s office is expected to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.