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$10,000 reward offered in Douglas County homicides

Kurt Hildebrand
khildebrand@recordcourier.com
Sheriff Dan Coverley talks to the press and residents about two homicides in five days on Monday morning.
Kurt Hildebrand / Record-Courier

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. — A $10,000 reward has been offered for the capture of whoever is responsible for the deaths of two women in Gardnerville Ranchos over the past five days.

The two women, who appeared to live alone, were found dead in their homes.

Connie Koontz, 56, worked at Walmart and rented a home on James Road. Sophia Renken, 74, owned the home on Dresslerville Road where she was found.

Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley said both women’s deaths have been ruled homicides and are under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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Koontz’ body was found by her mother on Thursday morning after she’d been killed sometime during the night.

Renken, a five-year resident of the Gardnerville Ranchos, was found on Sunday when she failed to show up to an arranged meeting with a friend.

The two women lived alone within a mile of one another, Coverley said.

He didn’t release any information on the means. He said it appeared whoever was responsible entered through an unlocked door.

The FBI has been called in to help with the search. Coverley was unwilling to say that there was a serial killer, but did say the FBI is assisting with a forensic profile.

Coverley said investigators don’t believe a man arrested after a pursuit on Sunday night was involved in the deaths.

The deaths prompted increased patrols in the Gardnerville Ranchos and an admonition to residents to keep their doors and windows locked and their security systems on.

Douglas County Secret Witness is seeking information on any criminal activity in the Douglas County area. Cash rewards are available for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of perpetrators. Total anonymity is assured.

Payment will be made in any manner that the caller prefers. Anyone with information is urged to call 775-78-CRIME (775-782-7463).