Murder, Suicide Or An Accident? - Ricky L Dyer - 1993 Cold Case

Ricky Dyer was a mild-mannered young man of 21 who worked in a grocery store in Sparks, Nevada. He had been living with his parents until approximately two weeks prior to his death. He was devoted to his family, especially to his mother, to whom he regularly brought flowers. He was the kind of person who would always help others, both in his personal life and at work. Ricky was a happy person who had just bought his first car, was looking forward to moving into his own apartment and beginning life on his own as an adult. He did not fit the profile of one whose death was ruled a suicide by the investigating agencies.

Authorities are currently investigating the death of Ricky Dyer, Jr., which occurred some time during the late evening of July 16, 1993, or early in the morning of July 17, 1993. His body was found in his vehicle, a 1977 light blue Cadillac, which was located off a country road approximately 1 1/2 miles southwest of Canyon Rd. in Sparks, Nevada. He was found shot in the head with his own shotgun.

An empty shotgun shell was found on the ground outside the driver’s closed door of the vehicle. A spent shell was found in the chamber of the Remington 870 Magnum Pump shotgun, and two live rounds were also in the gun. Authorities have speculated that Ricky fired one round outside the driver’s door, leaving the empty shell on the ground. Why would he have fired that round, being particularly familiar with his own gun? Why would he have loaded the weapon full, knowing one shot would be sufficient?

Ricky was last known to be alive at approximately 10:00 p.m. on 7/16/93, when he was drinking a beer with a co-worker at Raley’s Grocery at 701 Keystone, after their shift ended. When he left the parking lot in his Cadillac, he was allegedly on his way home. At the time of his death, Ricky lived with a male roommate in a house at 594 Abbay Way, Sparks, Nevada. Both Ricky and his roommate are believed to be heterosexual, although Ricky allegedly did not have a girlfriend.

Ricky’s roommate stated that he had called Ricky at their house several times between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on the night of the incident. His roommate was at a party with another male friend and wanted Ricky to join them there after work. Did anyone see Ricky arrive at his home or leave there alone or with others at any time after 10:00 p.m.? Read more…