According to NamUs (the National Institute of Justice's missing person database), 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.
Here in Lyon County, the Major Crimes Division—that took a new direction in 2013 with new leadership and new investigators—has raised the bar in criminal investigations. Since the change in the Major Crimes Division in 2013, this unit has investigated sixteen homicides (with over 20 victims). This averages out to two homicide cases per year in Lyon County, exceeding comparable surrounding counties like Carson City and Douglas.
If there's any good news to be derived from these numbers, it's that the current Lyon County Major Crimes Division has a 100% homicide solvability rate—far above the national average that hoovers in the mid-60% range—bringing justice and closure for numerous victims and their families.
"The Lyon County Sheriff’s
Department rocks! [They have]
one of the best [homicide]
clearance records in the nation!"
- Thomas Hargrove
Founder & Chairman of MurderData.org
Unfortunately, between the years 1988 and 2013, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office accrued several cases that remain unsolved to this day, including two homicide cases and six unsolved missing person cases (all suspected to be homicides).
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.
If you have any information on any of these unsolved cases, we ask that you share that information with us so we can bring answers to the victims' families. You can contact the LCSO Major Crimes Division at (775) 577-5206 or the LCSO dispatch center at (775) 577-5023.
You can also provide information anonymously by calling Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. However, if you choose this option, please include as much detail as possible about the information you're providing, as there is no way for us to contact you for clarification or follow-up questions.
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 accomplish this with your help.