Woman's Body Found In Thomas Creek Area

Washoe County Sheriff's Office
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A man walking his dogs makes a gruesome discovery this morning - a young woman's body.

It was found on a trail in the Thomas Creek Canyon area near the base of Mount Rose.

There is still no identification on the woman.

Tonight investigators are still piecing together the clues around this mysterious death and they're hoping someone out there can help.

On a clear sunny morning in Thomas Creek Canyon, a man sees something unusual on the dirt trail.

"A gentleman who lives in the area out with his dogs and discovered something - it looked to him like a dead body so he backed off," says one investigator.

Washoe County investigators won't say what the woman was wearing, only describing her as a Caucasian female adult.

Investigators say they don't think the woman died naturally. "Without being specific, it's suspicious."

The area is well traveled, and detectives say the body didn't show obvious signs of decomposition.

"There are people hiking, biking, four-wheeling - its a nice recreation area - so we don't believe the body has been here long," says Deputy Michelle Youngs.

Investigators are now looking through the missing persons database to see if they have a match. Washoe County deputies say they have not identified the woman yet.

If you have any information on this case, call Secret Witness at 322-4900.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning and hopefully they'll get a better idea of who this person was.