Jun 19, 2014 12:29 AM by Rebecca Taylor

NEW DETAILS: Tucson murder connected to Reno double homicide

TUCSON - New details surrounding a double murder near Reno, Nevada, and a connection to a decomposed body found in Tucson.

Two women, ages 68 and 70, were found murdered in a home near Reno on Friday. Police spotted the suspect and got into a shootout with him east of Fallon, Nevada.

He was shot and killed and later identified as Anthony Nelson who had been released from prison in Arizona 11 days earlier.

Nelson had a pickup truck with Arizona plates registered to a Tucson man, which led detectives to an address near Country Club and Aviation Parkway. That's where Tucson Police found the body of 32-year-old Quincy Gangwer with obvious signs of trauma.

His body was in an advanced stage of decomposition according to police, who were asked by Nevada law enforcement to do a welfare check after his Nissan truck was found 850 miles away.

Police say although there is evidence linking these two incidents the investigation is just beginning.

Tucson police aren't saying how Gangwer was killed. He was last seen alive June 9.

Neighbor Emi Arroyo said, "Nobody really knew him, he'd just come home. Just like everybody else here, we just mind our own business. I feel bad for him, it shouldn't have happened to him like that."

A search warrant obtained exclusively by the News 4 Tucson Investigators shows property taken from the southside home includes a hammer, bottle of bleach, gloves, hair clippers and wig.

Property belonging to Gangwer was found in the possession of Nelson, the suspect in a Nevada double homicide. Both served time in the Arizona state prison system.

Gangwer served seven years for sexual conduct with a minor in Pima County, he was released in December 2013. Nelson served six years for rape in Maricopa county and was released June 2, 2014.

Both were registered sex offenders. Nelson a high risk level three was listed as an absconder for failing to provide his address.

So far, Tucson Police are not calling nelson a suspect in Gangwer's murder. But Nevada officials are linking Nelson to the murders of two women in Washoe valley, where a 68-year-old was shot and a 70-year-old was stabbed to death. Gangwer's truck was found inside their garage.

Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office said, "I am asking for any information from anyone in the public that can help determine the whereabouts of that vehicle and suspect Anthony Nelson in the days prior to this incident."

No motive or connection between Nelson and the Nevada victims has been named.

Gangwer's parents own a motorcycle repair shop in Tucson. They didn't want to appear on camera but told us their son is a victim.


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