Churchill County Sheriff’s Office investigating death of Fernley man found floating in Lahontan

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man found floating in Lahontan Reservoir on May 21, and is treating the death as suspicious.

According to the Sheriff Richard Hickox, CCSO was contacted at approximately 4:40 p.m. May 21 and notified that the body of an adult male was found floating in Lake Lahontan near Blackbird point. A joint response involving Nevada State Park Rangers and members of the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area where the body was reported to be floating.

The body, later identified as Jimmy Lane, 38 years old, of Fernley, Nevada resident was found, photographed and removed from the lake. The body of Jimmy Lane was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy with toxicology testing.


The death is being treated and investigated as a suspicious death at this time and Hickox said no further details can be released pending that investigation.

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