Two years, dozens of potential leads and thousands of investigative man hours have passed since the bodies of Albert and Joan Musalo were found in their home in the exclusive gated community south of Reno.
In all that time detectives assigned to the case have said little more than they were working the case daily, following each and every lead. The pace apparently picked up 2 months ago, when the Musalo family, Secret Witness and Clear Channel Outdoor launched a billboard campaign, putting the case and a family funded reward back before the public. A Sheriff's spokesperson says the billboards have been generating two or three calls a week to detectives.
One of those calls sent investigators looking for a man one tipster said might know something. Forty year old Stephen Porter Goins, also known as Donovan Davis, was known to frequent local casinos. Investigators couldn't find him, so they issued a press release asking for the public's help and describing him as a person of interest. As it turned out he was also being sought by Yolo County, California authorities on drug charges.
Three days later he and another man were spotted in Citrus Heights outside Sacramento. There was a high speed case, ending in a rollover accident. Goins reportedly tried to flee, was taken down by a police K-9. Goins was hospitalized with a dog bite and an illness apparently caused when he attempted to swallow a plastic bag of what officers said appeared to be methamphetamine. Last Wednesday he was arrested. He's being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail. Investigators here still describe him only as a person of interest and caution against drawing any conclusions. They are anxious to talk with him.
It's not clear he feels the same. Washoe Sheriff's detectives will probably try to talk with him later this week. At the outset it doesn't appear promising. He reportedly is not talking with California authorities about those drug charges.
In the meantime he's being held on the California charges and is not eligible for bail. Washoe County also has an extradition hold on him. That's for failure to appear on charges related to an incident in Sparks back in February of last year. He was arrested after a report of a man in a car waving a gun at another driver. He was stopped, but as allegedly happened in Citrus Heights he attempted to flee. In that instance, as in Citrus Heights, he was apprehended by a police K-9. If nothing else at this point he could testify to the effectiveness of trained police dogs.