The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reports it has found the remains of a missing Lassen County woman. The whereabouts of the second missing woman is unknown. Shirlee Weaver and Candy Sturgill were last seen Oct. 25. Photos submitted

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office finds remains of one missing Lassen County woman; search for second continues

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reports it has found the remains of a missing Lassen County woman. The whereabouts of the second missing woman is unknown. The unidentified deceased woman was discovered in the passenger seat of a Toyota RAV4 associated with the missing women near Mixie Flat Road in Western Nevada.

According to a statement from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, it began assisting the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office in searching for Shirlee Weaver and Candy Sturgill on Nov. 3. The women were last seen on Oct. 25 leaving the Litchfield area with a destination of Wendel. They are known to frequent the remote areas between Wendel and Pyramid Lake.

Volunteer teams from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, including Washoe County Search and Rescue, Raven, the Specialized Vehicle Unit, WOOF search dog teams, Washoe County Sheriff’s Hasty Team and the Incident Management Team continue to assist the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office in searching for the other woman.

Hunters came across the associated vehicle near Mixie Flat Road several miles east of Sage Hen Spring late Tuesday, Nov. 10. The 2002 Toyota RAV4 had a flat tire, a raised hood and the word “help” was spelled out on the ground with items from inside the vehicle.

According to the statement, Raven and Hasty personnel training in the area moved to the reported location of the vehicle. A lone woman was found deceased in the passenger seat. Detectives dispatched to the scene said her death does not appear suspicious in nature. The woman is not yet identified, and her identity will be released at a later date by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Washoe County teams spent in total Tuesday-Wednesday to access the site and search for the second woman:

  • 6,600 travel miles;
  • 132 linear search miles in ground search; and
  • 338 man hours (not including Raven).

Teams continue searching for the second missing woman. The California Highway Patrol also provided a helicopter to aid in the search efforts.