Body found in vehicle identified as missing Sparks woman

Austyn Busch’s cause of death is still pending
Austyn Busch and her black 2014 four door Jeep Cherokee.
Austyn Busch and her black 2014 four door Jeep Cherokee.(Sparks Police Department)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 7:48 PM PDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 1:12 PM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - JUNE 2, 2022: The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed with KOLO 8 News Now that the woman found dead inside a vehicle last Sunday was Austyn Busch.

Busch was reported missing on Friday, May 27.

Her cause of death is still pending.

MAY 31, 2022: The Sparks Police Department said Tuesday it was no longer requesting the community’s help finding a woman reported missing last week.

Investigators said Austyn Busch’s car had been found, but no other details about Busch were released.

In a tweet, the police department said:

An hour after the Sparks Police tweet, Reno Police released information about a female who was found dead Sunday, May 29 just before noon inside her vehicle on W. Plumb Lane near S. Virginia Street, but did not identify her.

Reno Police said there was no indication of foul play, but asked anyone with information to call police at 775-334-2188 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

Posts on Facebook that appear to be Busch’s family confirm her passing.

Stay with KOLO 8 News Now on this developing story.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Sparks woman has not communicated with anyone since May 24 and the Sparks Police Department asks for the public’s help in finding her.

Austyn Busch, 31, was last seen on May 23.

Police described her as white, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Busch drives a black 2014 four door Jeep Cherokee with Nevada license plates 754 ZKH.

Anyone with information about her is asked to call dispatch at 775- 353-2231.

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