Nothing about the pale pink house on the residential street stuck out as different when Douglas County Sheriff’s Detective Ryan Young got out of his car at 1439 James Road in Gardnerville.
With lavender bushes dotting the landscaped front yard and a wind chime hanging from the white porch, it could’ve been almost any home in the picturesque town at the foot of dramatic snow-covered mountains 50 miles south of Reno.
But inside that home was the first victim in a killing spree that would claim four lives and traumatize Northern Nevada for days.
The case of Connie Koontz, 56, found dead in her house on Jan. 10, was the first murder investigation Young, 32, would lead since joining the sheriff’s department in 2007.
When Sophia Renken, 74, was found shot to death three days later, Brandon Williamson, 34, was the first detective to
Spokeswoman Kayla Serratto said the body of a man in his 20s or 30s was discovered near an abandoned house in the area of Avenue 9 and Road 22, south of Madera. His identity is still being determined, pending fingerprint processing.
Serratto said the victim had visible injuries and a homicide investigation is under way. No further details were available Friday.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 559-675-7770.
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