by Wheeler Cowperthwaite
wheeler@nevadaappeal.com

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April 9, 2013
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Official’s pickup found in Douglas

A maroon 2000 Dodge Dakota belonging to slain Nevada Chief Insurance Examiner William McCune was found Monday afternoon near Holbrook Junction.

McCune’s body was also identified on Monday by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Authorities believe one of the four people charged with his murder knew McCune.

Saturday, the day McCune’s body was located along the Carson River, Makyla Blackmore, 20, Raul Garcia, 22, Anthony Elliot, 20, and Michael Evans, 23, were arrested. Blackmore, Garcia and Elliot were arrested in Las Vegas on warrants issued out of Carson City, and Evans was arrested in Carson City.

McCune lived at the Villas at Dolphin Bay apartments in the 700 block of Silver Oak Drive. When he didn’t come into work on April 3, his co-workers checked at his apartment, but didn’t find him. When he missed a flight on April 4, they called the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Kenny Furlong said the crime doesn’t appear to be related to McCune’s work.

Evans told detectives he was with two friends at a motel in Carson City, and the pair discussed their desire to rob McCune. The friends drove him to Walmart to buy duct tape to tie up McCune, Evans said.

The pair instructed him to knock on McCune’s door and ask to use the restroom the night of April 2, according to the arrest report.

McCune offered Evans a drink and the two were drinking when the other two assailants arrived and the three “started to beat up (McCune),” according to the report. McCune put up a struggle, so the three tied him up with duct tape and asked him for the personal identification number for his bank accounts, Evans told detectives.

The suspects left the apartment in McCune’s pickup, which had been loaded with items taken from his apartment.

They knew when they departed that McCune was dead, the report states.

Evans told detectives they attempted to clean up the apartment on April 3 and then threw materials into a trash bin at the apartment complex.

The conspirators then allegedly backed McCune’s car up to the apartment, dragged his body out, put it into the car and dumped it in the Carson River, he said, then drove back to the apartments and parked the car in the adjacent complex. They then drove around Reno and Carson City and attempted to use McCune’s debit cards and wrote checks from his bank account, Evans allegedly said.

Garcia, Blackmore and Elliot are on their way back to Carson City after appearing in a Las Vegas courtroom on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.


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