BUTTE, Mont. -

A Butte man who was reported missing in February is under investigation after more than $175,000 went missing from the Sheet Metal Workers union in Helena.

According to documents, union business manager Jim Ryan was to meet with union officials on Feb. 19, the day he disappeared. His car was found at a Homestake Pass trailhead, where officials believe he went for a run.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton confirmed the embezzlement investigation on Thursday.

A letter sent to union members on March 27 alleges Ryan took money over a period of several years by taking cash advances without explanation, selling union cars without depositing the money into the proper accounts, writing checks to himself and making questionable credit card transactions.