By Kelsey Givens -
The official cause of death for a man whose remains were discovered in the desert last week is still listed as undetermined pending the results of an autopsy performed earlier this week.
Police say the man did not appear to suffer a violent death.
The remains of who is believed to be Pahrump resident David Pucci, 49, were found in a remote desert area last Friday evening near Beatty Avenue and Bannavitch Street.
A man out walking his dogs in the area reportedly came across Pucci’s body and immediately called the Nye County Sheriff’s Office to notify them of his find.
Authorities said the location where his remains were found was just several miles away from Pucci’s home.
NCSO detectives immediately launched a full-scale investigation into Pucci’s cause of death as well as why he was found in the location that he was so far from where he lived.
“His cause of death is still undetermined, but it does not appear the cause of death was caused by a crime such as homicide,” NCSO Det. Michael Eisenloffel said Thursday.
Though there were no obvious signs of a homicide, such as stab or gunshot wounds, police are continuing to follow up on several active leads in the case and the investigation remains ongoing.
“Until I get a report back, which may be quite a while, I can’t say exactly what happened. But at this time the official cause of death is undetermined, but it does not look like it was a cause of homicide. Now the reason he was in that location is still being investigated, it does appear suspicious and I’m following up on several leads,” Eisenloffel said.
As the investigation continues, Eisenloffel asks that anyone with any information about David Pucci or any details about this case please come forward and contact police by calling the sheriff’s office at 751-7000 or emailing him at <a email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Michael Eisenloffel.