Missing woman's body found off Mt. Rose Highway

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 10:23 PM PST
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The remains of a 19-year-old woman

were located Monday afternoon off Mt. Rose Highway.

An investigator from the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office responded and confirmed the identity of the deceased person as Madelyn Lingenfelter, the subject of a Reno Police Department missing persons investigation. Next of kin have been notified.

Reno Police have confirmed the death is a suicide.

Approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call about possible human remains located in the forest off Mt. Rose Highway south of Sunridge Drive, according to police. That's a short distance from where her car was found days after she was reported missing. Dozens of searchers scoured the area at that time and found no sign of her.

The remains were discovered by a group of people searching for a Christmas tree. Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies and detectives responded and confirmed the remains were human.

Tuesday, volunteers with the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Teams, including a volunteer search and recovery dog team, assisted with a search for evidence.