Cold case search for human remains in Nevada comes up empty

GARDNERVILLE (AP) - Authorities in Nevada have completed a cold-case search without finding any human remains or evidence at the property of a man who was stabbed to death last summer after serving time in a California prison for a murder conviction.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Thursday deputies found nothing of interest after a multi-day search at the ex-home of Kenneth Pestana in Gardnerville south of Carson City.

Pestana was convicted of second-degree murder in 1973 and later lived in Gardnerville before moving to Northern California.

A longtime acquaintance, 32-year-old Joseph Ward, was arrested in Carson City on murder charges last June a day after Pestana's body was found near Ward's cabin northeast of Nevada City, California.

Deputies say a confidential informant's tip prompted the search for human remains but no evidence was recovered and the scene has been cleared.

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