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Deputies: Human Remains Found at Spanish Springs Home

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We have new developments in a case we've been following for the past few weeks involving a missing Spanish Springs woman, Colleen Muhl.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says they found unidentified human remains in the backyard of her and her husband, Gerald Muhl's home.

Detectives got a search warrant Wednesday morning to search the home and backyard when they found rocks that they say were moved by Gerald.

"Once we moved the rocks, we found what appeared to be disturbed earth," said Lt. Tom Green, a detective with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. "Detectives began to excavate that area, finding a sophisticated grave site."

Lt. Green says the site wasn't even detected by the K-9's in the area when it was originally searched. Crews then found the remains that were later confirmed to be human.

"The Medical Examiner's Office was here," Lt. Green said. "There's no question as to whether or not the remains are human, but again, we just don't know the condition or any kind of potential injuries, or anything like that, at this point."

Investigators want to stress, the identity of the remains have not been confirmed.

"We will not know anything on identity until tomorrow, after the examination," Lt. Green said.

You may remember, Gerald told investigators Colleen had died in California. After they questioned him, he took his own life. Detectives say they found the story was made up by Gerald after they confirmed with several agencies in California that they hadn't received any reports of deaths with Colleen's identity.

"We were able to determine through cellular phone records that Mr. Muhl didn't leave the house after 3 p.m. on the 17th (of February)," Lt. Green said. "That was another building block to lead us to come back to do a more thorough examination of the yard."

This case comes as a shock to neighbors we talked to who didn't want to go on camera. They say the Muhls were great people and that Gerald served our country for many years.

We were also able to talk to Colleen's niece, Michelle Jones, who gave some insight into their relationship.

"All of us thought it was amazing," she said. "All of us thought they were best friends, and they were partners."

She told us how frustrating this case has been for her and her family as they tried to get answers from a number of people, including Gerald.

"All of the stuff had hit the fan with rumors and people saying Aunt Colleen died at the home," Jones said. "The more we talked about it, stories were not matching up to what Gerry had told each of us."

She says if the remains are that of Colleen, it will finally give everyone some sort of closure.

"I'm so sad for everybody that's been involved in this," she said. "This has turned into a big, horrible nightmare."

Of course, there's much more that needs to be unfolded in this case, and once we receive official confirmation on the identification of the remains, we'll let you know.

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