Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
Office: (775) 684-4554
Pager: (775) 861-5897
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 1999
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation 99-186
Nevada Division of Investigation Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Homicide Victim
Facial reconstruction of victim's skeletal remains and photos of a dog believed to be victim's to aid investigators in identification process
The Nevada Division of Investigation is again asking for help from the public in identifying the skeletal remains of an adult male found in Sand Canyon on March 12, 1992 outside of Wellington, Nevada. Investigators indicate the victim's death was a result of multiple stab wounds. Because of a previous public request for help, a witness came forward with a photograph of a dog believed to have been owned by the victim. The witness, who does not want their name published, stated that the dog started coming onto her property looking for food about four months prior to the discovery of the body and continued to come onto her property for a couple of months after the discovery of the property. The witness' property is within a half mile of Sand Canyon. At the scene where the body was discovered a broken dog collar was found leading investigators to believe this dog may have been the victim's dog.
Additionally, investigators have released a photograph of what the victim may have looked like based on the work of a facial reconstruction artist. Using clay, facial reconstruction artists attempt to recreate how the victim may have looked prior to their death.
This case began on March 12, 1992, when an anonymous phone call was received by the Nevada Highway Patrol in which the caller stated that he had discovered the remains off of Sand Canyon Road approximately a mile east of Highway 338. The skeletal remains have been identified as being male, approximately 35 to 50 years of age, reddish hair and having a height of approximately 6'00" to 6'02".
In October 1991, an anonymous caller had contacted the Mono County Sheriff's Department stating that there was an abandoned vehicle on Highway 338. This vehicle, a 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix, has not been claimed and was found within 2 miles of the discovery of the skeletal remains. Inside the car, was the real estate section of the Reno Gazette Journal, with the ads for various homes in Sparks circled.
The Nevada Division of Investigation is asking anyone with information to contact Investigator Martin Roberto at 775-687-3779. Authorities also would like to talk to the anonymous callers who reported the location of the vehicle and skeletal remains.