Amador County man confesses to murdering his father, reveals where body was hidden

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AMADOR COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The body of 52-year-old Lance Purdy was found early Saturday morning in Amador County after his son confessed to his murder, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

Washoe County deputies in Nevada arrested 20-year-old Sean Purdy on Thursday in connection to the New Year’s Day homicide that happened in the Pine Grove home.

Mugshot of Sean Purdy, 20, provided by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Amador County deputies said they interviewed Sean Friday night at the Washoe County Jail in Reno for about four hours before he confessed to the murder and revealed the location of his father’s body.

Based on the information given during the confession, Amador County deputies began searching for Lance Purdy’s body around 11 p.m. Friday and said they found a freshly dug shallow grave containing a body around 4:15 a.m. Saturday.

Detectives were able to identify the body as Lance Purdy around 11 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies responded to Pine Grove on New Year’s Day after a neighbor reported seeing a large amount of blood in and around the Purdys’ Kevkie Court home, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly before, the same neighbor spotted Sean Purdy drive away from the house in a hurry.

The sheriff’s office says earlier that day, Sean’s mother notified Amador County deputies about concerns for her husband. The 52-year-old father flew home earlier in the week to check on Sean.

“I don’t know, it was just kind of a shock. A lot of a shock to think that something like that could happen literally in my backyard,” said Angela Rutherford, who lives two doors down from the Purdys.

Sean was arrested following a manhunt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Amador County Sheriff’s Office at 209-223-6500.

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