Site of Fernley Homicides Targeted By Thieves, Vandals

Reported by: Elias Johnson
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Updated: 7/13/2013 10:34 am
(FERNLEY, NV - KRNV, News4) - The home along Jessica Lane where Dorothy and Robert Pape made seventeen years of memories is now gone; demolished after it was set on fire, the Papes bodies found murdered inside a pickup.

"I hope and pray that this never happens to another family," the Pape’s daughter-in-law, Terry Pape said.

Since the arrest of Jeremiah Bean on May 15, who authorities say is responsible for killing the Papes and three others in and near the small town of Fernley, the Papes’ son, Bob Pape and wife, Terry, have been left picking up the pieces.  But, what's been left behind is being taken, piece by piece.

"They took a crowbar and opened the side of (the shed) and Robert used plywood to get it back together," Pape said.

Thieves have struck several times, taking family mementoes, including a liberty bell.

"They took the bell off the pole, but it had to be two people because that thing is heavy as hell," Pape said.

Most recently, a windmill Robert Pape made from a collection of old boards was taken.

"There's nothing here of any value to anybody but the Pape family," Terry Pape said.

With each call to the Lyon County Sheriff's office to report a new theft or damage, the Papes are left reliving a nightmare that has become their reality.

"Whoever these people are who keep wanting to vandalize this property, you know, you're going to get caught and when I catch you, Lord help you," Terry Pape said.

Using sixteen hoses, strung together using water from a nearby neighbor, Robert Pape comes to the property each day to keep the trees his father planted alive.

"He doesn't say much and then all of a sudden he starts crying and then he'll wipe his eyes and start doing something else," Terry Pape said.

In the coming months, the couple plans to make a new home and memories on the ten acre property.  But, they don't plan on letting go of what's been taken, any time soon.

"When I move out here and I see my liberty bell, or my windmill, I'm going to go get it," Terry Pape said.
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flower - 8/8/2013 12:09 AM
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that really sucks that people have to do that to a person that is going though alot of pain in there lifes and have no respect and god bless to the ones that have to suffer the pain but god is the one to make us stronger.

Speed - 7/13/2013 2:58 PM
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If I lived closer I'd volunteer to guard their property against this vandalism and theft. Maybe if seven decent local people would step up and each donate one day (24 hrs) per week to guard,and hopefully catch the creeps who are doing this,some justice could come from it. It'd be a small price to pay for a neighbor.

nonya smith - 7/13/2013 10:43 AM
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its hard to believe one person did these murders.....why would the lyon county sheriff deny help from the F.B.I.? we have big problems out here and need fresh eyes to able to see the big picture.....Tunnel vision is not working........
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