Aircraft mechanic victim of murder
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon that Robin Bodden, a 50-year-old Douglas County resident found deceased on Sept. 10, 2006, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
The Washoe County Coroner’s Office made the determination on the immediate cause of death. Bodden was found in the Pinenut Mountain range, a quarter mile south of Sunrise Pass Road in rural Douglas County.
Bodden was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on Aug. 26 after a family member learned from relatives that he had not been heard from in 10 days.
No one has been charged in connection with his disappearance and death.
During the investigation of Bodden’s disappearance, deputies discovered irregularities in his financial records.
His widow, Karen, was jailed in September on charges that she embezzled thousands of dollars from his business.
She pleaded not guilty and is set for trial Feb. 21. She is being held in Douglas County Jail for violating her probation on a 2004 conviction for embezzling $44,000 when she was employed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
Karen Bodden told investigators she didn’t report her husband missing because they were having marital problems and he had disappeared before. She claimed he left in a twin-engine plane with a man named “Ramos.”
Bodden’s siblings say their brother had a well-known fear of flying in small planes despite the fact that he was an airline mechanic. And they said he would never leave without contacting one of them.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate Bodden’s death. Anyone with information that may be of use in this investigation is asked to call Investigator Ron Elges at 782-9905.