Person of interest arrested, victim identified in Spanish Springs homicide investigation

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Updated: 3/14/2013 12:25 pm
SPANISH SPRINGS, Nev. (KRNV & -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in the Spanish Springs homicide that happened Mar. 12 at 160 Mia Drive. WCSO has also arrested a Person of Interest.

Detectives identified a person of interest in Gardnerville identified as Billey Stanberry. He is a 48-year-old male who lived with the victim at 160 Mia Drive.

Stanberry was located after a warrant for his arrest was issued by a Fallon Judge for charges stemming from an incident in February that is unrelated to the current homicide investigation. Following an interview with Washoe County Detectives, Stanberry was booked on the warrant by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail.

Police say the deceased male has now been identified as Ryan Petty, a 47-year-old white male adult who owned the residence at 160 Mia Drive. Preliminary findings from the autopsy indicate the cause of death was a gunshot wound. The final report of death will be conducted by the Washoe County Medical Examiner at a later date.

Douglas County Detectives located a mini-van belonging to the victim abandoned at the Smiths Supermarket at 1341 US Highway 395 N Gardnerville. The van, a red Dodge Caravan with California plates, is related to the homicide and was sealed and transported to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Detectives believe the van was abandoned at the Smiths on Monday, March 11, 2013, between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00am, however it could have been missing from the scene since Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Anyone who saw the van or its occupant(s), or a man on a scooter around that time, is urged to contact Washoe County Detectives. (Photo of the van attached)

Detectives are also interested in any suspicious activity that may have occurred at 160 Mia Drive.

The Sheriff's Office Detectives Division encourages anyone with information on this case to contact them at 775-328-3320 or remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at 775-322-4900,, or text the tip to 847411 (tip 411) keyword - SW. If anyone witnesses a crime in progress, the Sheriff's Office recommends calling 911 immediately.

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