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Nevada County authorities investigate 2nd homicide this week

A man was arrested Thursday night for murder in Nevada City, in the second reported homicide this week.

The suspect, Russell Rippetoe, 57, was arrested around 8:45 p.m. Thursday at a property on the 26000 block of North Bloomfield Road, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Sean Scales.

Rippetoe remained jailed Friday without bond, reports state.

The victim, an adult male, remains unidentified, and a body has not yet been recovered. Authorities are searching for the body on the premises of the North Bloomfield Road property, with deputies receiving assistance from personnel with the California Department of Justice, as well as several other local agencies.

Authorities received information Thursday morning that led them to believe that Rippetoe had committed homicide, allegedly after an altercation between himself and the victim had escalated.

The property does not belong to Rippetoe, although he is believed to have been living there in a trailer. Multiple weapons, including firearms, have been recovered from the property, and are believed to belong to Rippetoe, although it is not clear if these weapons are directly tied to the death.

Investigators on Friday remained at the address on North Bloomfield Road processing evidence from the scene, and more information about the homicide will likely be available later today, Scales said.

This is the second such homicide reported by the Sheriff’s Office in the last couple of days, with another deceased male being found on Wednesday that is believed to have been the victim of homicide. Authorities do not believe that the incidents are related, Scales said.

Stephen Wyer is a staff writer with The Union. He can be reached at swyer@theunion.com

Russell Rippetoe

On June 17, 2021 the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) received information regarding a possible homicide which had occurred at a property in the 26000 block of North Bloomfield Road in Nevada City. Detectives from the NCSO Major Crimes Unit, Special Investigation Unit, and District Attorney Investigators responded to investigate. After interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence a search warrant was authored for the property along with an arrest warrant for Russell H. Rippetoe, fifty-seven years old, from Barstow, California.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office investigators along with multiple units from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and executed the warrants at approximately 7:30 PM on June 17, 2021. Mr. Rippetoe was arrested without incident and transported to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility without incident. Investigators remain on scene and will be working with the California Department of Justice, and Nevada County Code Compliance for the foreseeable future. A special thank you to our local partners, particularly the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for the excellent assistance they continue to provide is deserved.

The victims name is being withheld until next of kin notification can be made.

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