Two Spanish Springs investigations linked

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Updated: 3/04/2014 6:17 pm
UPDATE: 6:18 p.m.
SPANISH SPRINGS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Further details have been released in the death and missing woman investigation in Spanish Springs.

According to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Gerald Mohl gave a statement that he and his wife, Colleen, had been visiting California on February 17, and that she died there. But Lieutenant Tom Green says it was a fabrication. "The story of her reported death was a conjured story on his part to her family. There's a lot more questions that we would've liked to ask Mr. Muhl, but unfortunately we can't do that now."

Authorities are still searching for any clues related to Colleen Mohl's whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, or Secret Witness.
UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.
SPANISH SPRINGS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Lieutenant Tom Green has confirmed the identity of the dead male found in the 12000-block of Ocean View Drive. The victim's identity is Gerald Muhl, and officials have confirmed that he is the husband of the missing woman, Colleen Muhl.

According to statements received by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Mr. Muhl left his home on foot in the early morning hours on Monday. Family members were worried that he was suicidal. His body was discovered later on Monday, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and Lieutenant Green confirms that they do not suspect foul play in Mr. Muhl's death.

However, they do suspect foul play in the disappearance of his wife, Colleen. She was last seen on February 17, and prior to his death, Mr. Muhl had been cooperating with the investigation into her disappearance.
Original: 11:30 a.m.
SPANISH SPRINGS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detectives are working an active death investigation and a missing person's case centered around the same area. Right now, detectives are not saying if the two are related.

The active death investigation is located near the 12000-block of Ocean View Drive. Detectives say a walker discovered a man's body on Monday. His identity, cause of death and time of death have not been released by the medical examiner. Detectives do not have any outstanding suspects in this case.

The death investigation may be linked with a missing woman from the same area. 56-year-old Colleen Muhl was last seen on February 17.

According to Lieutenant Tom Green, the missing person case has many unanswered questions. They are investigating a story from a family member, initially saying Muhl had passed away in California days ago. But, when other family members had more questions about what exactly happened to her, they called the medical examiner in California and the local law enforcement agency, both of which said they had no record.

The investigation is now focused on her whereabouts and safety. Lieutenant Green says people have said Colleen is a creature of habit, and just simply disappearing is out of her character. Colleen did not take her phone, credit cards or car with her.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office or Secret Witness.

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DJM58 - 3/16/2014 3:57 PM
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What shock to learn this information on my recent trip to Reno. Colleen and Gerry were neighbors in Alexandria, VA and I was to spend time with them while in Reno. We can't image what happened that would cause this tragedy. We grieve the loss of two dear friends and for the loss that that the family is experiencing. The world lost two amazing people way too early.

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anthony - 3/11/2014 2:31 PM
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I knew bother Colleen and Gerry Muhl, and while this is a terrible, tragic end to their marriage, it is out of the norm for both. Colleen and Gerry both would give the shirts off their backs if you needed it. They met and fell in love at the Hawthorne Army Depot where he was the executive officer at the base, and she worked in the tool room. She followed him around the country for the next 15 or more years and upon his retirement from the Army they moved back to Reno to be closer to Colleen's grandkids. While none of us will ever know now what led up to these events, what was said in their final moments together, or what caused a man to worship the ground she walked on, I only hope that they found the peace they needed at the end. My thoughts go out to their families, friends and those that knew them in the past.

lindag - 3/7/2014 11:20 PM
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did the guy have any gun safes?????????????? I have been the victim of a lot of domestic violence(using firearms). have they checked out any gun safes??? I am sure they have--but you can gps a dog, but not all of us humans have been micr0 chipped--and if she is inside a gun safe-----how tragic---my heart and soul go out to this family---thanks to rpd and wcso for protecting me!!!!!!!!!!!thank you mr. gammick and mills lane!!

Kramer - 3/4/2014 6:41 PM
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"Ocean View Drive"???

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