TRUCKEE, Calif. — A Truckee man is being held without bail on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of his elderly mother.
David Charles Jenkins, 61, was arrested at Truckee Police Department headquarters late Tuesday, Chief Adam McGill said Wednesday.
The body of Jenkins’ mother, Nellie D. Mulligan, 88, was found at her residence shortly after 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Sierra Village Apartments at 10109 Martis Valley Road, McGill said.
The two lived together and appear to be the apartment’s lone occupants.
“It appears she died of ... unknown causes, and the case is under investigation,” McGill said.
According to a follow-up statement from the department, Mulligan’s “physical state and living conditions were poor and suggested that there had been some level of neglect.”
“There was no obvious cause of death and the level of neglect was suspected to be a factor,” officials said.
An autopsy is pending.
After being questioned by officers, Jenkins was transported and booked at Nevada County’s Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City. Along with second-degree murder, he also faces two felony charges of cruelty to elders with great bodily injury.
According to police, Jenkins and Mulligan had lived in the Truckee area for roughly one year, and Mulligan was believed to have been from Florida prior to moving here.
“It does not appear that Ms. Mulligan was under the care of a physician or home hospice,” officers said.
The case has been assigned to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Glenn Jennings, who could not be reached for comment Thursday due to his part-time status with the Truckee DA’s office. It’s unclear if Jenkins has an attorney.
While the facts of the case are still being investigated — and, as of this writing, Jenkins has yet to be arraigned on any charges — the incident serves as a reminder that elderly residents are vulnerable, said Phebe Bell, program manager for Health and Human Services for Nevada and Placer counties.
In both counties, Adult Protective Services “works to keep seniors and dependent adults free from all types of abuse, including physical and financial abuse or neglect,” Bell said. “If you are concerned about someone, please call us so that we can investigate ... help keep our seniors and dependent adults safe and free from abuse.”
Call 530-265-1639 to reach APS in Nevada County, or 916-787-8860 for Placer County.