Autopsy Confirms Backyard Body as Missing Woman

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SPANISH SPRINGS, NV - Human remains buried in the backyard of a house on the 12000 block of Ocean View Drive in Spanish Springs are confirmed to be those of a woman missing from that home, according to Lt. Tom Green with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives had been searching the area for any clues regarding 56-year-old Colleen Muhl's disappearance.

After obtaining a search warrant to search the house Wednesday, authorities went into the backyard and found an area where rocks had been moved, according to Lt. Green.

He says the area under the rocks had disturbed earth, indicating the appearance of a grave site.

The remains found were well-wrapped, according to Lt. Green, to the point where cadaver dogs missed them during two previous searches.

Lt. Green says this is being investigated as a homicide. The cause of death was a gunshot wound.

Muhl's husband Gerald had told relatives his wife died of a heart attack in California, but when that couldn't be confirmed and detectives questioned him, he killed himself in the desert near the couple's home a week before his wife's remains were found.

Detectives believe the killing and burial happened sometime between 3PM February 17th, when the couple returned home from a trip, and early the next day, when Gerald Muhl boarded a plane by himself.