13-Hour Manhunt in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, NV Ends in Arrest of Murder Suspect

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Sean Purdy, 20

A murder suspect was finally apprehended and arrested at Lake Tahoe Thursday afternoon following a 13-hour manhunt for the fugitive in Incline Village. He later admitted to the murder of his father and led police to his shallow grave in Pioneer, CA.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and partnering agencies apprehended Sean Purdy, 20, in connection with a homicide in the neighboring Amador County town of Pine Grove, California. 

Purdy’s mother reported Wednesday that she was concerned about her 52-year-old husband, Lance after he returned home to check on their son, and she never heard back from him.

The son was seen leaving the family home in a rush by a neighbor,  who then went over and discovered a large amount of blood in and around the residence, the sheriff’s office said.

Sean Purdy was tracked by his cell phone to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. He was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy at 1 am at the 7-11 on Tahoe Blvd. and Village Blvd and immediately fled on foot, reports the Sierra Sun.

According to a post on Facebook from Uber Driver Dean Lavorante, Purdy requested an Uber and Lyft driver using his real name. The Lyft driver called the sheriff’s office when he recognized Purdy.

“We have to appreciate when people step up and work that hard for the safety of the community,” WSCO Public Information Officer Bob Harmon said.

Purdy will be booked in Washoe County on local charges of obstructing justice and resisting arrest. Amador County will continue investigating the homicide.

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