Suspect in Washoe murder case in Douglas custody |

Suspect in Washoe murder case in Douglas custody

Staff Reports
Secret Witness is seeking information about this red Dodge Caravan with California plates found in the Smith's parking.

The former housemate of a Spanish Springs man found dead on Tuesday is in Douglas County custody in connection with the case.

Billey Stanberry, 48, was taken into custody 7 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant issued out of Fallon after a caller there claimed there was a dead man in the back yard of a home on 160 Mia Drive.

Responding Washoe County deputies found Ryan Petty, 47, on Tuesday evening, dead of a gunshot wound.

Detectives pursuing the case interviewed the caller in Fallon, which along with other information led them to Stanberry.

A Fallon judge issued a warrant for Stanberry on charges unrelated to the homicide investigation. After Washoe County detectives interviewed him, he was taken into custody.

Douglas County detectives found a mini-van belonging to the victim abandoned at the Gardnerville Smith’s supermarket. The van, a red Dodge Caravan with California plates, is related to the homicide and was sealed and transported to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Detectives believe the van was abandoned 7-11 a.m. Monday, however it could have been missing from the scene since Sunday. The person who abandoned the van may have left the parking lot on a gas-powered scooter. Anyone who saw the van or its occupants, or a man on a scooter around that time, is urged to contact Washoe County Detectives. Detectives are also interested in any suspicious activity that may have occurred at 160 Mia Drive.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 775-328-3320 or remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at 775-322-4900,, or text the tip to 847411 (tip 411) keyword – SW. If anyone witnesses a crime in progress, the Sheriff’s Office recommends calling 911 immediately.