Twelve Weeks Later Questions Surround Mysterious Death

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

How did Mike Cross die? How did his body end up buried at his ranch in Lovelock? Was it a case of murder? About twelve weeks after the local businessman’s body was found, Cross' family and friends are still searching for answers.

Friends and family gathered for a memorial at Cross' former residence in the Plumb Lane area of west Reno Saturday. Some say they are convinced the auto dealership operator was murdered.

"Whoever did it not only did they destroy his life, but they destroyed a lot of other people’s lives too," Richard Holland, a friend of Cross, said.

Cross' body was found buried on a property he owned in Lovelock August 1 -- since then few new details have been made public about the case. Friends say police have questioned someone close to Cross, but authorities could not be reached by deadline to confirm that.

At the memorial some were frustrated at the lack of an arrest or news on the case.

"It's like the whole thing is being washed under the rug, it’s really peculiar," Brandon Carnahan, a friend of Cross, said.

Cross worked at Carnahan's family's motorcycle dealership business in the 1980s, Carnahan said. Cross would go on to operate two auto dealerships himself – one on Kietzke Lane in Reno and another in Lovelock.

Cross had ties to Lovelock, Reno and the Frenchman Lake area of Plumas County, CA. Authorities have said there are indications Cross did not die in Pershing County, where his body was found.

Although an autopsy and toxicology tests were anticipated, there has been no further word from law enforcement regarding the cause of the 55-year-old’s death.

The last twelve weeks have been difficult for those who knew Cross.
"Hell. Wondering, worrying, crying. You know when you lose a good friend like that it’s pretty sad," Holland said.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact law enforcement.


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