Bike from Junior Seau's garage found

Updated: May 16, 2012, 11:34 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- A bicycle stolen from Junior Seau's Oceanside home days after the former NFL star's suicide has been recovered, police said.

An unidentified woman called police Wednesday after seeing a bicycle that matched the description of the one that was stolen from Seau's garage on May 7, said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.

Police confirmed it was the stolen bicycle and contacted the man in possession of it. He told police he bought the bike from an unidentified man in Oceanside on May 8. The man with the bike was ruled out as a suspect.

The crook had taken a $500 bicycle belonging to a friend of Seau and left through the garage door, Mata said.

"Somehow they forced the doggy door open so they squeezed through," he said.

No arrest had been made as of Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a San Diego restaurant opened by Seau in 1996 has closed its doors.

Trustees of Seau's estate say they made the decision to close Seau's The Restaurant in Mission Valley on Wednesday.

Trustee Bette Hoffman said in a statement the decision to close the restaurant was made to honor Seau's legacy. She also said trustees felt the restaurant's future profitability could be in question without Seau's leadership.

The eatery's website describes it as San Diego's largest sports-themed restaurant, with 60 TVs offering contemporary American grill cuisine.

Seau was a mainstay of the San Diego Chargers' defense in the 1990s after starring at Southern California.

He was found dead in his home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 2. He was 43.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.