Washoe County Sheriff’s Detectives seek family and friends of woman found dead | South of Lake Tahoe

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. – Detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak to anyone who may have had contact with Trena Bristol. The 56-year-old’s body was found last week in the remote southwestern hills of the Peavine Mountains.

They think Bristol may have worked in South Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Sacramento and Reno.

No foul play is suspected, but detectives are looking to speak to anyone who knows or has had contact with Bristol in an effort to solve this case.

Intelligence gathered by detectives determined that Bristol was a graduate of Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Davis. They also learned that Bristol had been homeless for some time.

Patrol deputies were called to the Hawk Meadows Trail last Thursday, February 17, 2022, following reports of a deceased woman. The journalist had discovered the woman’s body in a very remote area while riding his dirt bike. The Sheriff’s Office Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN) was deployed to the location of the reporting party, approximately two miles north of Somersett, and confirmed the findings.

That evening, detectives were escorted to the scene by members of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Specialty Vehicle Unit. Preliminary findings led detectives to believe that no foul play was suspected in his death. The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office (WCRMEO) positively identified the woman as Bristol. WCRMEO will determine Bristol’s cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information that may help detectives locate family members, friends or recent contacts should call the Detective Division at (775) 328-3320.