According to the National Institute of Justice's missing person database, NamUs, every year in this country approximately 600,000 people go missing and 4,400 unidentified bodies are discovered. Additionally, about 40,000 unidentified human remains cases exist in America. And according to the Murder Accountability Project, since 1980, over 250,000 murder cases in this country have gone unsolved.
Unfortunately the Lyon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is no stranger to these sobering statistics, as Lyon County has experienced all three of these categories. The LCSO has located many missing persons and solved numerous homicide cases over the years, but the cases featured below have evaded closure and remain unsolved to this day.
Currently the LCSO has six unsolved missing person cases, one unsolved homicide, and one unidentified body discovered (from an unsolved homicide) all of which were accrued between the years 1988 and 2013.
What you will find below are the names and stories of those whose disappearances and murders in Lyon County have remained unsolved--but certainly not forgotten--by their family, friends, and those dedicated to solving these cases.
Click on the images of the victims below for more information on their individual cases.
The families of those missing and murdered still want answers and investigators are still haunted with being unable to provide those answers.
If you have any information on any of these unsolved cases, we ask that you come forward and share that information so we can bring answers to the families.
You can contact the LCSO Detective Division at (775) 577-5206, the LCSO dispatch center at (775) 577-5023, or provide anonymous information to Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
It's been long enough that these victims have gone without justice and without a voice. It's time to put these cases to rest and bring closure for the families who still grieve the loss of their loved ones, but we can only do it with your help.