Victim identified in Wadsworth homicide

The Fernley Reporter

The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred last week in Wadsworth.

The victim has been identified as John Whitaker, age 58, of Olinghouse. Next of kin notification has been made.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call about a stabbing that had just occurred at a residence on Barrel Street near the intersection of Slip Mine Street in Wadsworth.


Sheriff’s Office deputies responded along with officers from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Police Department. Responding officers located a male stabbing victim outside the residence. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating this case continue their efforts to identify a possible suspect or suspects, as well as other persons of interest.

Anyone with information about this incident 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 number WC18-5837.

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