News Flash

News Home

Posted on: November 21, 2019

Sheriff Recounts Search and Recovery for Missing Person

Sheriff Richard Hickox

On Monday Nov. 18, the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was notified by the family of Tod Cline that he was missing and that they had filed a report with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Cline’s family provided CCSO with a copy of a homemade missing person flyer consisting of his picture, an image of his truck, additional identifying information and their contact information.    

Later that same afternoon, a representative from Union Pacific Railroad contacted the CCSO, advising us that they had seen the missing person’s flyer circulating around with the picture of Mr. Cline and his truck. The Union Pacific rep stated that on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 14, they had observed a truck matching that description stuck in the sand bordering the railroad tracks approximately 10 miles east of Hazen. 

Search begins on Nov. 18

Personnel from the CCSO, along with members from Churchill County Search and Rescue, responded to the area where the truck was reported to be. The truck was located and confirmed as belonging to Mr. Cline; however, he was not with the truck. Shoe impressions were located leaving the area. Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel followed the tracks and impressions until well into the early morning hours on Nov. 19 when the tracks became too hard to follow in the dark.   

Members of the Sheriff’s Office and volunteers resumed tracking at daybreak and around 11 a.m. located the body of Mr. Cline lying on a sand dune.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Cline’s vehicle became stuck in the sand prior to the afternoon of Nov. 14. He attempted unsuccessfully to dig the vehicle out and eventually abandoned the effort and began an attempt to walk out to find help. 

No evidence of foul play

The cause of death will be determined by the Washoe County Medical Examiner. No evidence of foul play was located or identified. 

The Sheriff extends his condolences to Tod Cline’s family and friends for the loss of their loved one. He would also like to issue a very heart felt thank you to the Sheriff’s Office personnel, Search and Rescue, U.S. Navy personnel from NAS Fallon, and all the volunteers who joined in the search or offered their services and time to locate Mr. Cline.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Home

I Voted Sticker Spool on White Surface

General Election 2020 Information

Posted on: August 20, 2020
Churchill County Sheriff's Office shield

Two Deaths in Churchill County Today

Posted on: September 25, 2020
Churchill County Sheriff's Office shield

Fatal Traffic Accident on Indian Lakes Road

Posted on: September 21, 2020
Merry Christmas Tag On Christmas Tree

Wishing Tree Applications Now Available

Posted on: September 18, 2020
Laronda Atchison with Commissioners

County Honors Employees With Service Awards

Posted on: September 17, 2020
Blake Brandenburg

My Experience in Firefighting

Posted on: September 2, 2020
Person Holding A Vaccine

All-Day Drive-Up Shot Clinic on Aug. 24

Posted on: August 20, 2020
Gary Ridenour

Sheriff's Office Arrests Ridenour

Posted on: June 9, 2020
Pickup Truck on Highway

DMV To Reopen June 15

Posted on: June 9, 2020
Bookcase at library

Library Building Remains Closed

Posted on: May 29, 2020
Primary mail_in ballot

Reminding Churchill County Voters

Posted on: May 26, 2020
I Voted Sticker Spool on White Surface

Extended Voting Hours Start May 23

Posted on: May 20, 2020
County Administration building

County Offices Slowly Reopening

Posted on: May 15, 2020
Sheckler intersection during temporary light construction

Sheckler Light Project Status Update

Posted on: April 19, 2020
Golf Course septic-to-sewer connection project

SOS - Save Our Sewer

Posted on: March 19, 2020
I Voted Sticker Spool on White Surface

2020 Election Information

Posted on: February 28, 2020
Census proclamation by County Commissioners

Census Events in Churchill County

Posted on: March 10, 2020
Hwy 95 fixes

NDOT to Begin Construction on Hwy 95

Posted on: March 10, 2020
Baby Sleeping Beside Girl on Gray Floral Sheet

Census 2020: Counting the Children

Posted on: February 14, 2020
Sheriff Hickox

Sheriff looking forward to 2020

Posted on: January 9, 2020
Barbee gives State of County at CEDA

Looking Back at 2019; Ahead to 2020

Posted on: January 8, 2020
Key inserted into door lock

Home Ownership Small Discussion Group

Posted on: January 2, 2020
Jim Barbee

Holiday Greetings from County Manager

Posted on: December 19, 2019
Wild Goose Bridge sits elevated on blocks over the V-line canal.

Wild Goose Bridge to be Re-installed

Posted on: December 13, 2019
Road shoulder repairs

Road Department Works to Improve Testolin

Posted on: November 14, 2019
Fire officials sworn in

Fire Officials Ceremoniously Sworn In

Posted on: November 13, 2019
Mosquito vial

Staying Vigilant Against Mosquitoes

Posted on: September 3, 2019
Pens and coins stacked on a piece of paper

Property Taxes 2019-2020

Posted on: July 10, 2019
Wood carving of a house with coins stacked behind it

Property Tax Cap Claim Form

Posted on: July 1, 2019