"The people who cooperated and the businesses who cooperated have been over-the-top helpful." ~Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong
CARSON CITY, NV - Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong released new information in the investigation into the disappearance of insurance examiner William McCune.
Furlong told KOLO 8 News Now all four suspects in the case are cooperating with the investigation. Partly because of that cooperation, all four suspects' booking charges have been upgraded to murder charges. Furlong reports the motive is likely theft fueled by illegal drug use.
On Saturday, 23-year-old Michael Paul Evans was arrested in Carson City. Twenty-year-old Makyla L. Blackmore, 22-year-old Raul Garcia, and 20 year-old Anthony Elliot were all arrested on the Las Vegas Strip. Blackmore, Garcia, and Elliot remain in Clark County. Sheriff Furlong confirmed the Carson City Sheriff's Office team that went to Las Vegas as part of the investigation will remain there until those three suspects are released into their custody to return to Carson City. That is expected to happen sometime this coming week.
Furlong also reports the Washoe County Medical Examiner completed an autopsy on the body found Saturday morning in the Carson River. However, he says, the Sheriff's Office does not yet have any details or results from that autopsy. The medical examiner was not able to provide a positive the identification of the body, but that is expected to happen before the end of the week. Furlong said the coroner indicated if the body is that of McCune, next of kin will need to be notified. Furlong said the coroner told him, "If it is Mr. McCune, there may be children."
Furlong released other new information in the investigation, including the discovery that the incident was not work-related. Furlong said the event appears to be a residential robbery in which at least one if not two of the suspects had prior, direct association with McCune.
Investigators are still looking for McCune's missing vehicle. Furlong said all indications point to it being somewhere in Douglas County. The license plates of that vehicle were recovered Saturday, April 6th and connected to Evans' arrest.
When asked about how quickly the investigation is proceeding, the sheriff praised people in the community who contacted investigators and provided essential information. "The people who cooperated and the businesses who cooperated have been over-the-top helpful," he said.