Truck found, but cause of death still unclear |

Truck found, but cause of death still unclear

F.T. Norton

Investigators suspect a Carson City man’s truck crashed in the wilderness east of Virginia City, and he was attempting to walk a mile to town when he died.

But what killed Daryl St. George Tilley III, 33, remains a mystery, according to authorities.

“We are still continuing to investigate this as a homicide,” said Lt. Mike Allen of the Department of Public Service Investigation Division.

A motorcyclist led police Monday to Tilley’s missing 1988 Chevrolet Silverado about three miles down a winding dirt road east of Virginia City.

A search for the truck began April 24 after hikers found Tilley’s body about three miles east on Six Mile Canyon Road about 200 yards into the brush.

An autopsy was unable to pinpoint a cause of death, Allen said, and toxicology results aren’t expected for another month.

A National Guard half-ton truck was called in to winch the truck from an embankment, where it rested against a tree.

Sgt. Steve von Rumpf said the truck appears to have a broken drive line.

Allen said spin marks under the rear tires indicate the driver tried to back up the hill.

Tilley could have easily walked to Six Mile Canyon Road from the location of the truck, Allen said.

Search-and-rescue crews were called from Storey and Washoe counties to make the mile trek to Six Mile Canyon in the hopes of finding evidence, Allen said.

Von Rumpf said the Nevada Highway Patrol will assist in the investigation by attempting to reconstruct how the damage was done to the vehicle.

The married father was last seen the week of April 12.

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