Missing Fernley woman found dead in Storey County car crash

Nancy Vandenput

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

A missing Fernley woman was found dead in a single-vehicle crash in Storey County Thursday afternoon.

Nancy Vandenput, 57, who was reported missing to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 22, was found inside a pickup truck that had crashed off the road and into a ravine off the north side of Six Mile Canyon Road, near the border with Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Lyon and Storey County Sheriff’s Office each responded to a report of a crash on Six Mile Canyon Road in Storey County at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.


Upon arrival, deputies found a single vehicle located in a ravine off the north side of Six Mile Canyon Road. Inside the pick-up truck they found a deceased woman who was identified as Vandenput.

Vandenput was reported missing to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 22, and was last seen in the Jason Court area of Fernley around 8:30 p.m. that night.

The Storey County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation into the cause of the crash

6 thoughts on “Missing Fernley woman found dead in Storey County car crash

  • Karen

    You realize that all of the family has not been notified yet? This article was posted before her son was notified. This isn’t an entertainment story. This is a real person who has family that has been worried and distraught that she has been missing. Posting this without thought or respect for those who will mourn for her, is classless and tasteless. I hope you got your story. Next time, maybe you can get your head out and remember that your “story” is a real human being, with a family and friends that will be affected by your carelessness.

    • Robert Perea

      No carelessness here. The information was distributed to all Northern Nevada media by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office for immediate publication. My heart goes out to all the family and friends who lost someone they love.

  • Karen

    No, you heard it on the police scanner and reported it immediately. Her son was notified, by Nancy’s husband at 6:45-7:00 central time, when the police notified him. That means it was 4:00-5:00 your time, that they got to Mr Vandenput’s house. The article was posted well before then. The sheriff would not have ok’d media publication before they had even notified her husband, so stop trying to justify your bad behavior and lack of integrity. The Reno paper didn’t report it until almost 6 your time, because THAT is when the Sherrif released the info to media outlets. It took you 2 days to report her missing, but you couldn’t even wait a couple of hours to report her death? No you couldn’t, because you don’t care.

    • Robert Perea

      Because I have been called out publicly, I will respond publicly in the interest of transparency.
      I do not have a police scanner, and I do not listen to scanner traffic.
      I received the emailed press release from Michael Carlson of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 4:50 p.m., and posted the article at 5:07 p.m.
      I received the emailed press release of her disappearance from Michael Carlson at 4:10 p.m. Nov. 24, and posted that article at 4:33 p.m. the same day.

      Robert Perea

    • Keith Trout

      I am a friend of Mr. Perea’s and I have been in his home many times and I can confirm that he has no scanner in his home and have also been in his vehicle and I can report that he has no scanner in his vehicle. And he has no office as he works from his home. We also worked together and I found him to be a caring and professional journalist. In fact he
      texted me to tell me he had gotten a press releaseI am very sorry for your loss and express my condolences. But I feel you are expressing your displeasure in the wrong place. I hate to say this as I have friends there also but I think if any communications were made prematurely the LCSO might be at fault. But I also found in professional dealings with the LCSO that they were careful about making sure the next of kin was notified first before releasing names. Again I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Karen Woodmansee

    I am a Storey County reporter and received the same press release at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

    It is standard for local law enforcement to notify the next of kin. That would be the victim’s husband. They can’t or don’t notify every family member – the next of kin usually does that. The media is not notified until after the next-of-kin has been notified.

    Rural reporters don’t generally use scanners, because the distances are such that by the time you get to a scene it is cleared. I don’t use them either.

    I am sorry for the family’s loss, and the pain you are experiencing, but your issue should be taken up with the authorities, not the media.

    Karen Woodmansee
    Comstock Chronicle/Dayton Valley Dispatch


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