Unsolved Homicides

Sergeant Kim Meyer
(775) 328-3320

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division frequently reviews cases of previously unsolved homicides committed within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office. The Cold Cases on this page are unsolved homicides for which investigative leads have dwindled or otherwise gone "cold." The emergence of new technologies allows the possibilities of bringing closure to formerly unsolved cases in which tips may have been previously exhausted and suspects have not been arrested. We welcome and encourage tips from the public to assist in these investigations.

If you have information on an unsolved homicide case, please contact our Detective Division at 775-328-3320. Information may also be provided by clicking on the case “Submit Tip” button below.

Case#: WC09-7030
Robin Brooks

Victim: John
Location: Duck Lake, North of Gerlach
Date of Occurrence: June 30, 2009

Synopsis:
On June 30, 2009 a rancher reported finding human remains in a field at the Duck Lake Ranch, which is north of Gerlach on highway 447.  The remains included a partial skull, which was determined to be human and male.  The skull is not an artifact and the case is being investigated as a homicide.


 

 

Case# WC06-4413
Robin Brooks

Victim: Omar Martinez aka Omar Chinchilla
Location: 5430 Sun Valley Blvd-Scolari's Lot
Date of Occurrence: April 21, 2006

Synopsis:
On April 21, 2006 Omar was shot to death in the parking lot of Scolari's in Sun Valley.  The shooting occurred as he and a female associate sat in their car.  The gunman fled around the rear of the Scolari's and was never found.

Omar was known to live in Sparks and had connections to Los Angeles

 

 

Case#: 06-3486
Musalo Family

Victim: Albert and Joan Musalo
Location: Montreux
Date of Occurrence: March 27, 2006

Synopsis:
On March 27, 2006 Albert and Joan Musalo, both in their 70's, were murdered in their home located in Montreux, a gated community south of Reno, Nevada, located off the Mount Rose Highway (SR 431).

Al and Joan had been married 53 years. Their tragic deaths left behind children and grandchildren who would like your assistance in solving the murder.

The family is offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder and Detectives are requesting information pertaining to the Musalos.  Any and all information about the couple could help solve this case. 
 

Case#: 03-108827
Tammy Brown

Victim: Tammy Brown
Location: Thomas Creek Canyon
Date of Occurrence: Sept. 23, 2003

Synopsis:
On September 23, 2003 Tammy Brown, age 36, was discovered lying next to the roadway in Thomas Creek Canyon, south of Reno, Nevada.

Tammy had lived with her boyfriend at 306 East Fourth Street in Reno.  She was reportedly last seen walking down Fourth Street, carrying a suit case.  She was last seen alive on September 22, 2003.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

Case#: WC03-8336
Jane Doe

Victim: Jane Doe- Black Adult Female
Location: Mogul
Date of Occurrence: July 25, 2003

Synopsis:
On July 25, 2003 the decomposing remains of a black female adult were discovered on a dirt road along the frontage road in Mogul, Nevada, west of Reno, Nevada.  The road, which runs along Interstate 80, is access for several residences and a storage facility. The road is on the south side of the Interstate.

The body was nude. A white metal ring with scrolling was found upon the right ring finger.  No cause of death could be determined, however it is clear she died elsewhere and was dumped at this location.

The woman was 5'3" to 5'7" inches in height and possibly between 26 and 36 years old.  The woman had thickened, irregular toe nails that were quite long.  Her teeth were in poor condition, with 16 missing.  She had a healed facial injury that caused a fracture to her nose and jaw on the right side.  This may have caused her face to appear asymetrical on the right side.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 

Case#: WC03-2517
Luis Carlos Mireles-Quezada
Victim: Luis "Carlos" Mireles-Quezada
Location: Mount Rose Highway
Date of Occurrence: March 08, 2003

Synopsis:
On March 08, 2003, a person snowshoeing discovered the remains of a hispanic male now identified as Luis "Carlos" Mireles-Quezada, known as "Guero" to his friends.  The victim was discovered in a frozen state in the snow near mile marker 9 off the Mount Rose Highway.  The victims body was discovered off the roadway, approximately 1/4 mile up-hill from a turnout, which is located just below the Mount Rose Summit on the Reno side.

The 29 year old victim, who was a concrete worker, was last heard from in early January 2003.

The victim was found fully clothed wearing a green jacket, dark blue V-neck pull over short sleeve, blue jeans and red and white Nike "Air" tennis shoes.

The details of his death are being investigated and this office is seeking any information regarding the victim and his whereabouts prior to January 2003.
 
Case#: 129307-97
Robin Brooks

Victim: Jane Doe
Location: Hoge Road, Reno
Date of Occurrence: June 9, 1997


Synopsis:
On June 9, 1997 chiildren playing near Hoge Road, North of Reno, Nevada, discovered the decomposed remains of a white female.  The body had been buried in a rock pile.  Her cause of death was not determined.

The female was wearing a black long sleeved jacket, western style multi-colored shirt, camel cigarette T-shirt, blue jeans "Braxton" size 10, white socks and grey tennis shoes.  She also had an Elgin watch, a white metal necklace with metal whistle attached, yellow and copper bracelet, dream catcher earring, black bolo tie with arrowhead stone, white metal ring with heart shape and white metal ring with red stone.

The victim had a metal plate in her jaw, from a surgical intervention.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

Case#: 237352-95
Tina Houston

Victim: Tina Houston
Location: Gem Trailer Park
Date of Occurrence: October 30, 1995

Synopsis:
On October 30, 1995, the body of Tina Houston, age 34, was found in her mobile home at the Blue Gem Trailer Park on Pyramid Highway. She had been brutally murdered.

The victim was described as being petite at 5'1" tall and weighing 96 LBS.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.


 

Case#: 1594-94
Charles and Nona Rauer

Victim: Charles and Nona Rauer
Location: Incline Village
Date of Occurrence: December 04, 1994

Synopsis:
On December 04, 1994, the bodies of Charles and Nona Rauer were found in their Incline Village home. They were last known to be alive on November 30, 1994.  The elderly couple lived alone.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case. 



 

Case#: 9220-91
Eduardo Santana
Victim: Eduardo Santana
Location: Ameri-Gas Parking Lot
Date of Occurrence: October 15, 1991

Synopsis:
On October 15, 1991, 27 year old Eduardo Santana was found dead in the parking lot of Ameri-Gas on North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada.  His car was on the scene and he was in possession of money and illegal drugs.  He was last seen the prior day on October 14, 1991.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case. 



 
Case#: 6440-91
Ricardo Martinez
Victim: Ricardo Martinez
Location: Incline Golf Course
Date of Occurrence: July 20, 1991

Synopsis:
On July 20, 1991, Groundskeeper Ricardo Martinez was found dead at the 9th Tee of the Incline Golf Course.  Martinez, age 58, was in possession of large amount of cash at the time of his murder and was planning a trip home to Guatemala.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.




 
Case#: 5109-91
Robin Brooks

Victim: John Doe
Location: Yukon Drive and Dolores Drive
Date of Occurrence: June 11, 1991

Synopsis:
On June 11, 1991, the decomposed remains of an unknown white male were found under a mattress along the dirt extension of Yukon Drive and Dolores Drive, which connected Sun Valley and Spanish Springs at the time.  The area had been used for illegal dumping.

No cause of death was determined, however the body and scene indicate the man did not walk there and cover himself with the mattress prior to his death.  He was estimated to have been 40-50 years of age, 5'10" tall, full dentures, wearing brown cords, white t-shirt and was bare foot.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case and we encourage that caller to come forward now.

Case#: 5017-91
Ursual Rodewald
Victim: Ursual Rodewald
Location: Pyramid Highway
Date of Occurrence: June 08, 1991

Synopsis:
On June 08, 1991, Ursual Rodewald, age 27,was riding with a friend in a convertible car along the Pyramid Highway near Axe Handle Road.  Her Friend noticed her slump over in the seat and saw blood.  The victim was rushed to the hospital, however she died.  Autopsy showed the victim had been shot.

Years later a man telephoned the case detective and said he may have shot this woman on accident.  When pressed about the details and asked to meet personally with the detective, the man disconnected and never called back.  Anyone believing they may know this person should contact this office.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case and we encourage that caller to come forward now.
 
Case#: L88-0225
Loys Flournoy
Victim: Loys Flournoy
Location: Mustang
Date of Occurrence: December 08, 1988

Synopsis:
On December 08, 1988, 64 year old cab driver Loys Flournoy was found along a roadway near Mustang, Nevada, East of Reno, Nevada. His empty taxi cab was found parked by the Western Village in Sparks, Nevada.

The victim had picked up a fare at the Circus-Circus Casino in Reno and had been directed to the Mustang Ranch Brothel east of Reno prior to his murder.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

 
Case#: F86-0339
Phillip Pickerill
Victim: Phillip Pickerill
Location: Dirt Extension of Toll Road
Date of Occurrence: June 14, 1986

Synopsis:
On June 14, 1986, Phillip Pickerill, age 32, was found on the dirt extension of Toll Road, South of Reno, Nevada. The victim had been partially buried and was found after rains unearthed his remains.

The victim had flown to Reno and was celebrating his birthday.  He was last seen alive after picking up a money wire at the Western Union offices on Sierra Street in Reno, Nevada, on March 21, 1986.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 
Case#: B85-0518
Sandra Whitlock

Victim: Sandra Whitlock
Location: Truckee River
Date of Occurrence: February 23, 1985

Synopsis:
On February 23, 1985, 29 year old Sandra Whitlock was found in the Truckee River, near Painted Rock.  This is an area east of Reno along Interstate 80.

She had been reported missing to the Reno Police Department after last being seen January 16, 1985.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

 

Case#: G82-0433
Jane Doe
Victim: Jane Doe-White Adult Female
Location: Sheeps Flat
Date of Occurrence: July 17, 1982

Synopsis:
On July 17, 1982, a white female was found dead in the Sheeps Flat area of Mount Rose.  This is the area commonly referred to as the Meadows, just over the Mount Rose Summit as you drop into the Tahoe Basin.  It is a forested area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The victim had not been there long and was clothed.  She wore a bathing suit on under her clothing.  She also wore a blue top, blue jeans, and yellow tennis shoes.  There was no identification and her identity is still unknown.

The victim is believed to be of Europena decent based upon an innoculation scar and unique dental work.  Although many leads have been pursued, her identity and whereabouts prior to her death are still a mystery.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

 
Case#: A81-0601
Cindy Cook
Victim: Cindy Cook
Location: Cold Springs
Date of Occurrence: January 25, 1981

Synopsis:
On January 25, 1981, 16 year old Cindy Cook was found dead near the intersection of Cold Springs Drive and current day Village Parkway, in the Cold Springs Valley, North of Reno, Nevada.  She was a short distance from the roadway in the sagebrush.

The victim had last been seen hitch hiking from her home in Lemmon Valley en route to an arcade in the Lemmon Valley shopping center, on January 24, 1981.  Cindy's purse was located later some distance away from where her body had been found.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

 
Case#: G80-0266
Karin Santos-Coy
Victim: Karin Santos-Coy
Location: Red Rock Road
Date of Occurrence: July 10, 1980

Synopsis:
On July 10, 1980, hikers discovered the decomposing body of Karin Santos-Coy, age 19, along Red Rock Road, north of Reno, Nevada.  She had been reported missing to the Reno Police Department after disappearing on June 28, 1980.  Santos-Coy was last known to be at the Reno Rodeo attending the performances.  She was left nude along a dirt road.

Santos-Coy was seen talking with 2 white males at the Rodeo.

One was described as having medium length curly blonde hair, barefoot, with casual clothing, about 5'10" tall and 130 pounds, age estimated to be 20-21.

The second was described as having short brown hair, 5'10" tall and 180 pounds.  This subject also had no shoes on and was dressed in a t-shirt and pants, age estimated to be 28-30.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

 
Case#: A80-0342
Robin Brooks
Victim: Claude Rezzani
Location: Wadsworth
Date of Occurrence: January 11, 1980

Synopsis:
On Jabuary 11, 1980, Clause Rezzani, age 87, was working at the store he owned in Wadsworth, Nevada, Along Interstate 80, East of Reno.  Two suspects entered the store and robbed Mr. Rezzani at gunpoint, forcing him to the ground.  He later died of complications from the injuries sustained during the robbery.

The suspects were described as a white male, age 22=23, 5'9" tall and 160 pounds, whith short dark hair.  The other suspect is not described.  The weapon was described as a large calibur blue steel handgun.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 
Case#: L79-0025
Robin Brooks
Victim: Michael Whitten
Location: Mount Rose Highway
Date of Occurrence: December 01, 1979

Synopsis:
On December 01, 1979, 26 year old Michael Whitten was found dead off the Mount Rose Highway, South of Reno, Nevada.  The victim was reported to be a transient and the crime scene was about 400 yards from Helen Duffner who had been found shot to death two years ealier.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.




 
Case#: K79-0041
Jeannie Smith

Victim: Jeannie Smith
Location: Lemmon Valley
Date of Occurrence: November 02, 1979

Synopsis:
On November 02, 1979 the skeletal remains of Jeannie Smith, age 17, were found in Lemmon Valley, Nevada,North of Reno. She died as a result of blunt force trauma.  Her remains were found in a shallow grave about 1 mile from where Julia Woodward had been discovered in March of the same year.

Smith was last seen on October 28, 1978, att he Circus-Circus Hotel in Reno, Nevada.  She had been a reported missing person from Reno Police.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 

Case#: I79-0397
Daniel Carpenter

Victim: Daniel Carpenter
Location: Pleasant Valley
Date of Occurrence: September 14, 1979 


Synopsis:
On September 14, 1979, Daniel Carpenter, age 38, was found in his Pleasant Valley home on Carriage Drive. Narcotics and paraphernalia were found in the home.

A witness reported seeing a man at the home during the time of the murder. 

Mr. Carpenter lived with his common-law wife at the home.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

Case#: F79-0109
Sherry Harbeke
Victim: Sherry Harbeke
Location: Behind Black Springs Bar
Date of Occurrence: June 05, 1979

Synopsis:
On June 05, 1979, Sherry Harbeke, age 20, was found severly depcomposed under a mattress behind the Black Springs Bar along North Virginia Street in North Reno, Nevada. 

She had been reported missing to the Reno Police Department and was last seen April 09,1979.  She had lived at the nearby Skyline Mobile Park and her car was located along North Virginia Street between where her body was found and where she lived.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 
Case#: D79-0667
Robin Brooks
Victim: Janie Brown
Location: Mira Loma
Date of Occurrence: April 23, 1979

Synopsis:
On April 23, 1979, the skeletonized remains of Janie Brown, age 41, were discovered off Mira Loma road, south of Reno, Nevada.  The body was located in a ravine about 10 miles south of Reno.

The victim had been visiting from Pittsburg, California, and was last seen on May 22, 1978, at the coffee shop inside the Holiday Casino in Reno.

Due to the state of her remains, no cause of death could be determined.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 
Case#: C79-0668
Julia Woodward
Victim: Julia Woodward
Location: Hills near Lemmon Valley
Date of Occurrence: March 25, 1979

Synopsis:
On March 25, 1979, body of 20 year old Julia Woodward was discovered in the hills near Lemmon Valley, Nevada, North of Reno.

The victim had been en route from the San Francisco airport to seek employment in the South Lake Tahoe area.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.


 
Case#: J78-0756
William Leone
Victim: William Leone
Location: Clearacre and Whitfield
Date of Occurrence: October 31, 1978

Synopsis:
On October 31, 1978, 29 year-old William Leone was found deceased in a drainage culvert at Clearacre and Whitfield streets in Reno, Nevada. 

The victim had lived on nearby McCloud Street.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.


 
Case#: I78-0482
Robert Ridley
Victim: Robert Ridley
Location: Pyramid Lake Highway
Date of Occurrence: Sept. 18, 1978

Synopsis:
On Sept. 18, 1978, the nude body of Robert Ridley, age 33, was found near a guard rail next to the Pyramid Lake highway north of Sparks, Nevada.

Ridley was American Indian.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.



 
Case#: D77-0643
Helen Duffner

Victim: Helen Duffner
Location: Mount Rose Highway
Date of Occurrence: April 27, 1977


Synopsis:
On April 27, 1977, the body of Helen Duffner was found near her car off the Mount Rose Highway, south of Reno, Nevada. The victim had been living out of her car, a 1964 white Chevy Nova, parked nearby.

At the time, the area was referred to as Mercury Mines.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 

Case#: I75-403
Joanna Robinson
Victim: Joanna Robinson
Location: Derby Dam
Date of Occurrence: September 21, 1975

Synopsis:
On September 21, 1975, the remains of 23 year old Joanna Robinson were discovered in a shallow grave.  Her remains were nearby Derby Dam, an exit along Interstate 80 east of Reno, Nevada.

Her cause of death could not be determined, however based upon the circumstances and the fact she was last seen in Oregon on or about August 09, 1975, the case is being investigated as a homicide.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
 
Case#: 64562
Gloria Crummett

Victim: Gloria Crummett
Location: Lemmon Valley
Date of Occurrence: July 26, 1971

Synopsis:
On July 26, 1971, the body of Gloria Crummett, age 16, was discovered north of Lemmon Valley, in a remote area north of Reno, Nevada.

She had last been seen and reported missing on July 16, 1971.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.

 

Case#: 16433
Zona Stroud
Victim: Zona Stroud
Location: Geiger Grade
Date of Occurrence: April 3, 1960

Synopsis:
On April 3, 1960, the body of Zona Stroud was found North of Geiger Grade off Sand Pit Road to canyon dead-end. She was found fully clothed under a tree. This case represents the oldest unsolved homicide in Washoe County records.

This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.



 

 

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