Deputies arrest Amador County man after neighbor finds bloody scene at family's home

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County deputies arrested an Amador County man Thursday in connection with a New Year’s Day homicide.

Sean Purdy is suspected of killing his own father, 52-year-old Lance Purdy, in their Pine Grove family home.

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

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

Shortly before, that same neighbor spotted the homeowner’s 20-year-old son, Sean Purdy, leave the house in a hurry in a 2017 blue Subaru Outback.

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 and has not been seen or heard from since.

“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.

Deputies issued a warrant for Sean’s arrest.

The sheriff’s office says detectives tracked Sean’s cell phone to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Washoe County deputies spotted him at about 1 a.m. Thursday at a 7-Eleven in Incline Village before he ran.

Deputies recovered the Subaru and a K-9 unit and helicopter joined the search Thursday morning.

Washoe County deputies arrested Purdy in Nevada just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

The sheriff's office has not released any information on the whereabouts of Sean’s father.

He was booked into the Washoe County Jail where he’s expected to be interviewed by detectives before being extradited back to California.

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


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