Friends remember possible homicide victim as friend and volunteer |

Friends remember possible homicide victim as friend and volunteer

TRUCKEE ” While police are not releasing any more information on a suspected homicide in Tahoe Donner, friends say the victim’s death has saddened the community.

Truckee Police, the California Department of Justice, and the FBI are investigating the death of Beverly Beatrice Williams, 77, who was found in her Tahoe Donner Home on Bavarian Way last Thursday, April 30.

Ruth Hall, who worked with Williams in the Friends of the Truckee Library, said Williams was kind, passionate, and gave to the community.

“We are going to miss Bev (Williams) terribly,” Hall said. “We are shocked and really saddened by this tragedy.”

Along with serving as the secretary of the Friends of the Truckee Library, Williams was a member of the Wyethia Women’s Club in Truckee, said Lydia Sparksworthy, owner of the Bookshelf bookstore.

“She was a fabulous supporter and volunteer in our town,” Sparksworthy said. “She was funny, lovely, low-key, and a very easy person to be with.”

Williams and her Husband, Don, came to Truckee in the 80s for skiing, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors, she said.

Before moving to Truckee Williams had worked at Pacific Bell and worked as a teacher in different parts of the country, Sparksworthy said.

“She must have been a fantastic teacher,” Sparksworthy said.

Truckee Police Lt. Harwood Mitchell said circumstances at the scene lead the police to investigate the death as a homicide, but wouldn’t elaborate further.

“We don’t have any identified suspects at this time,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “But we don’t see any need for the community to panic ” just be diligent.”

The original call was reported by a family member, and Truckee Police and Truckee Fire responded with medical aid.

Anyone with information is asked to call Truckee Police at (530) 550-2324.

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