Truckee murder suspect arraigned
TRUCKEE – Judge Andy Holmer arraigned Ron Blamey of Truckee for a charge of murder Tuesday, six days after the blanket-wrapped body of Blamey’s wife, Michiel, was found in a field near the town of Sheridan, Calif.
Blamey, who turned himself in to an attorney’s office in Reno on March 29, appeared in Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee clad in an orange prisoner’s uniform, accompanied by his attorney, Thomas Viloria of Reno.
Viloria requested a bail hearing for Blamey, which Holmer scheduled for April 18 at 1:30 p.m. in his court. A preliminary exam has been set for May 31 at 9 a.m.
The disappearance of Michiel Blamey under suspicious circumstances prompted a manhunt last week that lasted until Ron Blamey turned himself in at Reno, and then told authorities the location of his wife’s body.
Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said last week that an autopsy indicated Michiel died from blunt trauma to her head.
Authorities say that Ron Blamey is the only suspect in her death, and that the California Department of Justice is analyzing several items which they suspect were used in the crime.
Sheriff’s Capt. Gary Jacobson, who is in command of the Truckee NCSO substation, said there was no stabbing or firearm involved in the slaying, but would not comment further.
He said the investigation is focusing on activities leading up to the death of Michiel Blamey and following it.
“It’s still the intensive part of our investigation, filling in those blank areas, to determine their activities before and after the incident,” Jacobson said.
Michiel, a special agent supervisor with the California Department of Justice, was first reported missing when she failed to return to work from her Prosser Lakeview home on March 27 in Sacramento.
DOJ spokesman Mike Van Winkle said Michiel began her career with the California Department of Justice in 1984. During her tenure, she served as an undercover narcotics agent for the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and also worked investigations for the California Bureau of Investigation.
As a special agent supervisor, Michiel worked out of CBI headquarters in Sacramento on Special Projects and Special Investigations. Most recently, Van Winkle said, she worked closely with the legislature to bolster DOJ’s sexual predator apprehension team. He said Michiel was a recognized expert in the field of investigating child sexual predators.
She formerly served in the military and worked as a peace officer in a community near San Diego.
Jacobson said the Blameys had been married for about 10 years, and that Ron Blamey worked as a contractor.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case, in conjunction with officers from the California Department of Justice, Sierra County Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
NCSO is asking anyone with information regarding the case to call (530) 582-7838.
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