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Body identified as Incline woman

Sun News service photoThe body of Incline Village resident Judy Calder was discovered Aug. 27 in Elko County, Nev. Calder was a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, who conducted extensive work in the field of domestic violence.
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Authorities are saying a body found Tuesday in Elko County is that of Incline Village woman Judy Calder.

The 64-year-old Judy Calder, a 30-year Incline Village resident and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, is believed to have been the victim of foul play, officials stated.

“The body was beyond identification due to decomposition,” said Elko County Sheriff Dale Lotspeich.



Judy Calder was last seen in Sparks, Nev., at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino. Her husband Jim’s last contact with Judy was early the morning of Aug. 18. Jim reported her missing at 4:10 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Nine days later, Elko County Sheriff’s officers found a body just east of U.S. Highway 93, about 40 miles north of Wells, Nev. Officers were called to the scene by a civilian, and found a woman’s body among the brush just off the road. The physical state of the body caused officers to suspect foul play, Lotspeich said.



As Elko County Sheriff’s officers began looking into the case, an investigator remembered that a woman from the Reno area was missing and decided to call the Sparks Police Department to let them know that they might have found Calder.

Investigators are piecing together events to determine what has happened to her.

Calder was in Sparks because she had to do work at the Reno university that weekend and didn’t feel like making the trip back and forth between there and Incline.

Jim was set to meet up with her in Sparks for the weekend, as she had work to do at UNR’s campus. However, he was held up in Incline, tending to a broken hot-water heater in his home.

On Aug. 19 investigators found Judy’s brown 2000 Lexus L300 abandoned in Reno, just blocks from UNR’s campus. Earlier in the day, a witness reported seeing a dark-skinned man driving the car.

Jim Calder’s initial concern was for his diabetic wife’s health, as she had been without her medication for a couple of weeks now.

His three grown daughters returned to the area to be with the family, shortly after Calder was reported missing.

Judy was attacked last year at her home in Incline Village by an unidentified assailant who threatened that someone at UNR wanted her dead. Washoe County Sheriff’s office is not releasing the report as it is an ongoing investigation.

Her work at UNR is tied to domestic violence. As an associate professor in the human development and family studies department, Judy’s work helped to secure grants and funding for domestic violence research, according to the department’s Web site.


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