When police sat down to interview Gennice Walker in Kansas City, Missouri, they had already unearthed the homemade coffin containing her father’s remains in the backyard of a home in Pahrump, Nevada, according to a press statement from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO).
Police began digging into the case of a missing man, 95-year-old Bruce Brown, after receiving a report in April 2023 that he had not been heard from in some time, the statement says.
The NCSO says that by the time they arrived at his daughter, Gennice’s, door, they had already unearthed evidence that she had been living on his Social Security and VA benefits after he vanished. They’d also discovered that her father had potentially been buried in the desert.
Sheriff Joe McGill told the Pahrump Valley Times that Gennice never reported her father missing.
“We don’t know if this is a murder or not, because we’re still trying to determine that,” he said. “We are hoping that the autopsy will maybe answer some questions as to the cause and manner of death.”
Gennice refused to cooperate during the interview, the statement says, and she was arrested in Kansas City, Missouri, for Larceny. On August 25, 2023, the NCSO executed a search warrant at a residential home at 3891 Peggy Avenue in Nye County.
“After excavating a small portion of the back yard, we located a human male remains in a home-made coffin under the ground. Autopsy later identified the remains as Bruce Brown,” the NCSO revealed.
McGill revealed to the Pahrump Valley Times that since the sheriff’s office lacked the equipment necessary to excavate the backyard, he used his own personal piece of heavy equipment to do the job. The human remains they unburied were badly decomposed, and left to rot in a homemade coffin in the ground.
“I just drove my tractor up the street and did it. The coffin was about 21/2 feet deep. The victim had been buried there for about a year,” McGill said.
As of the time of the statement, Gennice Walker was about to be extradited back to Nevada, but there have been no updates since.
The NCSO still seeks information regarding the case, and anyone with information can call the Nye County Sheriff's Office at 775 751-7000, or anonymously with CRIMESTOPPERS at 702 385-5555.