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Sheriff’s Office update on Cold Springs homicide


robert-owens-240x300-1248524-3590307WCSO NEWS — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office that formal identification and next of kin notifications have been completed on the deceased subject from Monday’s suspicious death investigation in Cold Springs.

The decedent is Lacee Nicole Shupe, age 22, a Cold Springs resident.

On Monday, July 1, 2013, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 17100 block of Crystal Canyon Court in the Cold Springs area. The preliminary investigation showed the incident involved three roommates in which one roommate attacked the other two causing significant injuries.

All three subjects were transported to a local hospital where victim, Lacee Shupe, succumbed to her injuries. The initial cause of death is believed to be sharp force trauma, however a final determination is pending from the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Details from the preliminary investigation indicate the suspect is Robert Owens, age 41, a Cold Springs resident who was transported for self-inflicted injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information about these individuals or the incident contact Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at: (775) 322-4900, http://www.secretwitness.com/, or text your tip to 847411 (TIP411) keyword – SW.

Photo: 2012 Booking Photo of Suspect Robert Owens

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