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The Latest: Reno homicide victims were ex-rodeo boss, wife

January 19, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into multiple homicides in northern Nevada (all times local, PST):

4:50 p.m.

The Reno couple killed in their home on the south edge of town was the former president of the Reno Rodeo and his wife.

The Washoe County sheriff’s office identified the homicide victims Friday as 81-year-old Gerald David and 80-year-old Sharon David.

Their bodies were discovered at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff Darin Balaam (BAY’-luhm) says both died as a result of gunshot wounds. He says it’s another similarity to the homicides of two elderly women last week in Gardnerville south of Carson City. But he says investigators still have been unable to confirm “an absolute connection” between the four killings.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Gerald David was the president of the Reno Rodeo in 2006 and Sharon David, who went by Sherri, was an active member of the Rodeo Association.

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11:30 a.m.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward in the investigation of multiple homicides in northern Nevada that investigators say may be linked.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam (BAY’-luhm) says there are similarities between the killings of an elderly man and an elderly woman who were found dead in their Reno-area home on Wednesday and two homicides in Douglas County last week near Gardnerville.

He said at a news conference Thursday multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI are working together to determine “what, if any connection, there may be” between them.

Balaam says all of the victims were elderly and items were taken from the homes in each case.

The two women killed in Gardnerville were shot to death. The cause of death in the Reno case has yet to be determined.

The Douglas County and Carson City sheriff’s offices, along with Reno and Sparks police are participating in the active homicide investigation.

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7:25 a.m.

Washoe County Sheriff Daren Balaam says the deaths of two adults in a Reno-area home are being investigated as homicides and that there are similarities with two recent killings in Douglas County.

Balaam didn’t release the identities of the Reno-area victims found Wednesday or say during a Thursday news conference how they were killed, but the sheriff said the victims were an elderly man and an elderly woman.

The sheriff said the case is a top priority and that his office is working with other agencies in the region to determine whether the two killings are connected with the recent killings of two women in Gardnerville.

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