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Bodies found at Boca

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Two dead bodies were found Tuesday in a vehicle at the firing range near Boca Reservoir.

At 4:06 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, a caller using a cell phone dialed 9-1-1 and reported that a vehicle parked in the vicinity of the Boca Reservoir possibly contained a dead body.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded and at 4:15 p.m. found a 1984 red Subaru hatchback with Nevada license plates parked at the Boca range. Officers found the body of a deceased male in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Authorities said a shotgun was found close to the body and the man appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The vehicle’s keys were in the ignition which was not engaged.

Officers at the scene soon discovered the body of a second victim, a female, wrapped carefully beneath bedding materials in the back of the vehicle. The cause of death of the female has yet to be determined, NCSO Capt. Gary Jacobson said.

“We really don’t know,” Jacobson said.

Truckee’s officers are being assisted in this investigation.

“We have investigators from Nevada City working along with our investigators, as well as investigators from the District Attorney’s office,” Jacobson said. “It’s routine any time there may be a question of a homicide to bring in the District Attorney’s investigators.”

Autopsies will be conducted in Auburn to determine the exact cause of death of each victim, Jacobson said, and neither victim has been identified.

“We are working diligently to identify the victims,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson added that investigators do not believe the victims are from this area, but he did not discuss the reasons supporting that statement.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal held a press conference Wednesday at noon at the site where the vehicle was found.

Royal reported that the area beneath the vehicle was clear of snow, indicating to investigators that the death of the driver occurred four or five days before the vehicle was discovered. Both victims were described as middle-aged.

Once the victims are identified, NCSO will contact the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the victims resided. That agency will be responsible for contacting the families of the deceased victims.

Crisis Intervention Officer Dan Gibson was dispatched to Truckee to assist NCSO officers, if necessary, in dealing with the impact of the incident.


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