Incline death under investigation
An autopsy completed Wednesday revealed that Incline resident Greg Murphy, 58, suffered from a subdural hematoma (bleeding in the brain) caused by a massive head trauma.Washoe County coroners said they believe the trauma was the result of a fall. Detectives are waiting for toxicology reports to fully determine the actual cause of death.Murphy’s body was found in his home Tuesday afternoon by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies. His death was first thought to be suspicious by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators, but detectives now believe there was no foul play involved.”The cause of death is still pending toxicology reports,” said Washoe County Sheriff’s detective Kathleen Bishop. “As of right now there is nothing to indicate that a second or third party was involved and it looks like a natural death.”Deputies arrived at Murphy’s home on Wendy Lane Tuesday after receiving a call from his employer at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno stating Murphy had not shown up to work that day. Upon arriving at his home, deputies found Murphy dead on the side porch of his home.The doors to his home were still locked upon their arrival sheriff’s officials noted.Neighbor Dave Gonzalves recalled hearing pounding on Murphy’s door early Sunday morning before hearing a load thud at 4:30 a.m.”When I got home from work around 2 a.m. and about a half hour later I heard a loud pounding outside and someone saying, ‘Let me in, it’s cold outside,'” Gonzalves said. “I went outside and saw that Greg’s light wasn’t on I didn’t see anyone standing on his porch. About two hours later I heard a loud knock that sounded like a door slamming shut.” Gonzalves and other residents who live on Wendy Lane described Murphy as a good neighbor and a private man.”He was a real stand-up guy,” said Debbie Ryan, who lived next door to Murphy for 12 years. “He was the kind of guy that would do anything for anyone.”Ryan said she knew something was wrong when she didn’t see Murphy leave for work Tuesday morning. “I just saw him brushing the snow of his car on Friday,” she said. “But when he didn’t leave for work I knew something was wrong.” Kathy Anderson, who also lived next door, said she rarely saw Murphy. “He would wave to you once in a while and that was about it,” Anderson said. “This is really friendly neighborhood and I knew everyone except him.” Reporter Justin Broglio can be reached at (775) 831-4666 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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