April 24, 2014
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Investigators have identified a man
involved in what they're calling a murder-suicide north of Truckee.
Stanley Merchant, 48, of Truckee was found dead Tuesday inside
his sport utility vehicle near Highway 89, Nevada County Sheriff
Keith Royal said.
A woman found dead next to Merchant has not yet been positively
identified, Royal said.
A hiker called the sheriff's office on Tuesday evening to report
finding the bodies inside Merchant's vehicle.
Royal said physical evidence suggests Merchant shot the woman
and loaded her body into the back of his vehicle. Merchant then
drove a short distance, laid down next to her and shot himself, the
An autopsy determined the woman died of a gunshot wound to the
head, sheriff's Lt. Ron Smith said.
A toxicology report that would reveal any drug or alcohol use
will be available in about a month, he added.