Cold Case Search for Human Remains Comes Up Empty in Gardnerville
Authorities in Nevada have completed a cold-case search without finding any human remains or evidence at the Gardnerville property of a man who was stabbed to death last summer.
Authorities in Nevada have completed a cold-case search without finding any human remains or evidence at the property of a man who was stabbed to death last summer after serving time in a California prison for a murder conviction.
The Associated Press reports that the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Thursday deputies found nothing of interest after a multi-day search at the ex-home of Kenneth Pestana in Gardnerville south of Carson City.
Pestana was convicted of second-degree murder in 1973 and later lived in Gardnerville before moving to Northern California.
A longtime acquaintance, 32-year-old Joseph Ward, was arrested in Carson City on murder charges last June a day after Pestana's body was found near Ward's cabin northeast of Nevada City, California.
Deputies say a confidential informant's tip prompted the search for human remains but no evidence was recovered and the scene has been cleared.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
The Douglas County Sheriff''s Office says they are investigating a home on Centerville Lane in connection with a cold case homicide.
Douglas County Deputies say they will search for possible human remains buried on the property, but didn't elaborate in their initial release of information.
Deputies say the cold case was started in mid-July based on details from an informant and they obtained a warrant after they had probable cause to search the property.
They said they have dogs and radar to try and detect anomalies in the dirt, if there are any.
Authorities said the whole process should take today and tomorrow to complete but their staff will be on the property for several days.
(The Douglas County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report).