Search ends for remains next to Gardnerville home

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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO) -- Nothing was found after a search by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office of a residential property on Centerville Lane for possible human remains.

By Wednesday evening, the search had concluded. What looked like possible human remains were rocks, the sheriff's office says.

In July 2018, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office initiated a cold case homicide investigation based on information received from an informant.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Investigation Division used cadaver dogs and ground radar in a vacant lot next to the house before determining the report was unfounded.

A KOLO investigation reveals the Gardnerville home was once owned by Kenneth Pestana, who was killed in 2017 in Grass Valley, California by Joseph Ward. Ward was convicted of second-degree murder in California in July 2018. Investigators believe Pestana, who had been arrested on drug charges at least once, may have been involved in the crime(s) that led to the search for remains on his former property.

Mugshots: Joseph Ward (L-courtesy Nevada County), convicted of killing Kenneth Pestana (R-courtesy Douglas County), on whose former property the search for remains is ongoing.