Investigators waiting for toxicology report in Tahoe Donner death |

Investigators waiting for toxicology report in Tahoe Donner death

Investigators looking into the death of a woman found tied in a duffel bag in Truckee now know when she was last seen and where the duffel bag and rope used to dispose of her body were bought.

Both Truckee and Reno investigators have discovered that 54-year-old Cynthia Erler, the transient woman identified as the victim, was last seen walking down Fourth Street in Reno at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, the day before she was found dead in the Northwoods Clubhouse parking lot in Tahoe Donner.

The black duffel bag and rope found at the scene were purchased in a second-hand store on Fourth Street in Reno at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to police.

No arrests have been made in the case so far, police said.

The investigation has been slowed because Erler’s friends are mostly homeless people who have been difficult to get information from.

“We’re dealing with an extreme transient population down there that may or may not reveal (what happened to Erler),” said Truckee police Lt. Dan Johnston.

Right now all signs point to Erler’s death being a natural one, said Johnston. But toxicology results can still change that, he said.

Toxicology tests, which are still weeks away from being final, will show whether drugs or alcohol played a part in Erler’s death.

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