Dead Nevada man lied about missing wife's death

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County detectives investigating the suspicious disappearance of a 56-year-old Spanish Springs woman say her husband made up a false story about her supposed death in California before he committed suicide earlier this week.

Sheriff's spokesman Bob Harmon says 51-year-old Gerald Muhl had been cooperating in the search for Colleen Muhl before he was found dead Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound a few blocks from their home.

However, Lt. Tom Green says investigators determined over the weekend he had lied about her dying while they were in California weeks before. She last was seen on Feb. 17 and was declared a missing person on Sunday.

Green says family and friends had become concerned because she has failed to return their calls. Detectives say they now suspect foul play.


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