Couple found dead in Carson River identified as Darrell and Kelley Crossman
January 11, 2012
Carson City residents Darrell and Kelley Crossman were identified as the couple found dead in the Carson River on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.
Darrell Crossman, 52, and Kelley, 42, were both unemployed and had been living with family members the sheriff’s office said in a release issued today. Their family members were notified shortly after the couple was found.
Both bodies were found in the shallow frigid water, measuring only a few feet deep and 34.8 degrees. A campsite and vehicle was located within the same proximity, as well as two small dogs.
An autopsy was performed today by the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office. The examination disclosed no significant injury or trauma to either victim. Final findings from the autopsy are pending toxicology reports. Investigators completed search and evidence recovery activities at the camp site early today. During a review, they determined that there was no evidence of any struggle or foul play in the area.
The couple was last seen by family members Sunday, but had not been reported missing. The Crossman’s apparently drove to the river and set up a small camping area, placing their bedding location immediately near the water. Family members became concerned about there whereabouts by Tuesday, but were unable to locate them (by cell phone). The camp site area examination has suggested only a small warming fire and quilt/pillow bedding. Mrs. Crossman’s shoes were located on the river bank, while Mr. Crossman was wearing his. No personal property was identified as missing.
While this investigation remains open, investigators believe this tragic incident may ultimately be the result of an accidental entry into the water by one of the victims and a rescue effort by the other. In this case, after entering the water, the combined frigid air and water temperature for any amount of time would have placed both victims in immediate life threatening peril.