For Immediate Release
PR #:1800042
Date Issued:Apr 10, 2018 - 1:36pm

Washoe County Detectives Continue Investigation into Burned Body Found North of Reno

CASE #:WC18-1390
WHEN:March 20, 2018
WHERE:American Flat Road
VICTIM/S:Christine Townsend
CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Detectives with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the death of a woman, whose body was found in a burning car on American Flat Road north of Reno on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the decedent as Christine Townsend, age 51 of Reno, NV. Next of kin have been notified.

Townsend was last seen March 20th in the area of G Street in Sparks during the early morning hours. Her truck was a Gray 2004 Toyota pickup.

Investigators would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Townsend and/or her vehicle between the hours of 1:00 AM – 7:00 AM, March 20. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

Photos of Townsend and her vehicle are attached to this press release.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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