Depending on further tests, the body of a Fallon man found Wednesday may be that of 50-year-old Timothy Gerald Watson.
The man was reported missing for almost a month.
Churchill County Sheriff Ben Trotter said pilot Charlie Gomes and his brother, who have flown over the area several times, noticed something unusual Wednesday morning. Upon further discovery, Trotter said the brother discovered the decomposed body near the end of the former U.S. Coast Guard tower at the end of Soda Lake Road. Trotter said Watson’s father has been notified.
“The remains included a workplace lanyard found under the remains with Timothy’s photo, name and workplace information on it,” Trotter said, adding an autopsy will be performed on the body. “That will tell us a lot more.”
Trotter said dental records will also be examined.
“Other circumstances and details at the scene point toward the remains being Timothy; however, confirmation of identification and cause of death are pending autopsy results due to the level of decomposition,” Trotter added.
At this time, Trotter said there is no indication of foul play. The sheriff, who is also the county’s coroner, said it appears Watson died several weeks ago.
Trotter said he did not personally know Watson, but he saw him once or twice at the same church.
Trotter said a missing person report was filed last week on Watson, who was last seen on Sept. 2. A vehicle associated with Watson was left near Soda Lake on Workman Road earlier this month.