For Immediate Release
PR #:1900120
Date Issued:Oct 31, 2019 - 11:20am

Remains of missing 20-year-old located; Washoe County Sheriff's Office investigating as a homicide

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives announced today that the remains of missing 20-year-old Kenyon Wilson were located late last week. Detectives say they are treating this case as a homicide investigation and are asking the public for any information that may help to identify and locate a suspect, or suspects.

The investigation began on Sunday, October 20, 2019, when Kenyon Wilson’s vehicle, a dark blue 2004 Infiniti coupe with black front rims and silver rear rims (pictured), was located near the Moon Rocks recreation area off Winnemucca Ranch Road north of Spanish Springs. The vehicle had been heavily damaged by fire.

After several days of searching by deputies, Search and Rescue volunteers, and the RAVEN helicopter, the Sheriff’s Office received information on Friday, October 25, that human remains had been discovered in a remote area in the vicinity of Moon Rocks. Deputies and detectives responded.

On Sunday, October 27, the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the decedent as Kenyon Wilson. Exact cause of death is still under investigation. Next of kin have been notified.

Secret Witness is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect, or suspects, in this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case #WC19-5561.


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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