RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- In a joint press conference today, Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro and Washoe County Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek discussed new developments in the investigation of human remains found in a septic tank near Virginia City last August.
The body was originally discovered during a routine cleaning of a homeowner's septic tank; at that time, the complete contents of the tank were emptied in order to begin forensic DNA testing to determine the identity of the victim. The homeowners are not named as suspects.
Investigators believe the case is more than 30 years old, dating back to the 1980's. They have identified the victim as George Benson Webster, who was a 32-year-old Sun Valley resident who was an automobile mechanic at McBride's Auto Shop when he was killed. He was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran with several military honors including two Bronze Stars for "Heroism" and "Meritorious Service" in war. He also has a Navy Unit Commendation for his military service. Webster was an avid outdoorsman, a gun smith, knife maker, belonged to the Mountain Man Society. He drove a 1972 Dodge 4-door station wagon similar to the one depicted in the photo provided; his car was never found.
They believe the death occurred in Washoe County and was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.
His mother, who is now deceased, reported him missing at that time; his body was never found.
In 1986, investigators received a tip about a person who was killed and his body dumped in a septic tank in southern Washoe County. They drained the tank but never found a body. The person who provided that tip is still alive. Investigators also have reason to believe the home where he was discovered was vacant when the body was dumped. They do not know if the septic tank was covered at the time, but there are large "clean out" ports where one could dump a body.
His associate, "Calvin 'Cowboy' Green" -- now deceased -- is a person of interest in this case.
Authorities are calling this case a homicide and are enlisting the public's help in solving it. No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant. Please contact WCSO Detective Joshua Palmer at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 with any information you may have.
The original story from August 2013 can be accessed by clicking here