For Immediate Release
PR #:1900006
Date Issued:Jan 16, 2019 - 7:39pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious deaths in south Reno residence

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the suspicious deaths of two persons located inside a residence in the Zolezzi Lane area.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of suspicious circumstances at a residence on La Guardia Lane east of Valley Springs Road. Deputies arrived on scene, conducted a search of the house, and located two deceased adults within the residence.

Sheriff’s Office detectives are currently conducting the investigation. Anyone with information that could assist this investigation is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case number WC19-306.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam reminds residents to always stay aware of their surroundings and be alert for suspicious activity. Sheriff Balaam urges residents to:

  • keep doors and windows secure
  • use outdoor lighting if available
  • don’t open doors for strangers
  • keep cellphones handy and charged
  • report suspicious activity to law enforcement

Additional information about this incident will be made available pending the progress of the investigation. The identity of the victims will be confirmed by the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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