Family offers $20,000 reward for answers in 2016 Ryan Trent cold case

Unsolved Tennessee

On the fifth anniversary of the murder of Ryan Trent, his family is nearly doubling the reward for information leading to his killer. 

On Tuesday, Trent’s family raised the $11,000 reward to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of his killer.  

“It’s been difficult. It doesn’t seem like five years,” said Glenn Trent, father. 

On September 28, 2016, Trent was driving home from work around 2 a.m. when a horrible crash was reported. But it was later discovered he didn’t die from the wreck, but a gunshot to the back of his head.  

“I mean this is a horrific act of violence, and it happens all the time, but when it happens to your family, it’s very painful,” Glenn Trent said.  

Trent was 29-years-old with a bright future ahead. He had recently gotten off drugs and was working to help others recover.  

His family recalled Trent going before their church the Easter before he died and sharing his testimony.   

“For 18 months we got to know our son as being straight and off drugs, and it was such a blessing. And he was trying to help other people,” Glenn Trent said. “Ryan went through Hell to get off of those drugs, and he had accomplished that.”  

Trent’s newfound sobriety led him to a job at Premier Parking in Nashville. His mother remembered the last phone call she had with Trent before he went into work.  

“He was in a very good mood and his friends said he was in a good mood that day also. And he said ‘I love you momma’, as he always did when he hung up. And I’m glad I talked to him that day,” Sharon Trent recalled.  

After seeing police catch nurse Caitlyn Kaufman’s killer after she died during a road rage incident in December, they hope increasing their reward will lead to answers for their son’s death, too.   

“I personally think that the reward brought somebody out. That’s [what] enticed us to raise this reward also. And, I’m very thankful that family got justice for their daughter,” Glenn Trent said.  

In addition the reward they placed a new billboard on James Robertson Parkway hoping to give them the closure they’ve been seeking for the five years.

“The public, we need your help. Anyone that knows anything, please come forward.” Glenn Trent said.  

Trent was killed the same day another Nashville man, Christopher Sparks, was killed just a few miles away in Metro Center. Sparks’ case was also suspected to involve road rage.

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