"I'd Given Up Hope": Murder Victim's Daughter Speaks


RENO, NV - Lindsey Cross waited nearly six years for an arrest in the death of her father, Reno businessman Mike Cross.

That wait ended Wednesday afternoon as an FBI agent knocked on her door.

The suspect, his father's ex-wife, had been found.

"I was speechless. I really didn't know what to say for a moment. I just looked at him and shook my head and then I was like 'oh, my gosh are you serious?'"

Along with the rest of her family, Lindsey Cross admits now she'd given up hope that the woman accused of killing her father would ever be found.

Forty-eight-year-old Nazira Cross disappeared more than five years ago. This week she was found in Lima, Peru, living under an alias.

The investigation of Mike Cross' death has always been complicated by geography and problems with physical evidence.

He was last seen alive at his cabin at Frenchman's Lake in California with Nazira, who was by then his ex-wife. She told neighbors he was ill and she was taking him to a hospital in Reno.

Friends puzzled by his disappearance and her explanations called police. Eventually she said he'd died and she'd buried him. His body was found the next day on property he owned near Lovelock.

Although it was eventually assumed he'd been poisoned, toxicology tests were inconclusive.

A cause, time, even the location of death was unclear; so was the jurisdiction.

Months dragged on with no arrest.

Finally, Plumas County, California filed charges, but by then Nazira Cross was nowhere to be found.

"They had her and let her go," says Lindsey Cross. "And then they couldn't find her again."

Then came Wednesday's news.

It will likely be months before Nazira Cross is returned to the US for trial.

That's something Lindsey Cross had long hoped for, but it will also be the next step in a journey that will mean revisiting the greatest loss in her young life.

"It's going to be hard. I'm still full of emotions. I still really don't know how to take all this in. I'm still trying to process it all. I'm in shock. I never thought I'd be here saying they have her behind bars."


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