McKinleyville man arrested for triple homicide committed in Nevada
WILLOW CREEK, Calif. - A man originally from McKinleyville was arrested Tuesday for a triple homicide that officials say he committed in Silver Springs, Nev., according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO).
Deputies with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) said 48-year-old Scott Alan Baskette was wanted for the deaths of 46-year-old Rebecca Driver, and her parents, 67-year-old Frank and 68-year-old Coral Evans. All three were from Silver Springs.
According to LCSO, Driver was a former girlfriend of Baskette, and the two had separated around a month before her body was found, after a 12-year relationship.
On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 7, officials said Driver was found unconscious by her children who called police and attempted to administer CPR. When deputies arrived on scene, she was already deceased, according to LCSO.
Lyon County officials said upon the coroner's autopsy of Driver, her death was ruled as suspicious, and therefore detectives were brought onto the case.
Later the same evening Driver was found, deputies reported that they went to her parents' home to notify them of their daughter's death. However, upon arrival they discovered evidence that led them to believe the family could be in danger and immediately entered the home to investigate. Once inside the residence deputies found the couple deceased from gunshot wounds, according to LCSO.
According to Lyon County officials, Rebecca Driver leaves behind four children, ages 25, 18, 16 and 14.
"After careful analysis the collected evidence and interviews pointed to Baskette and the subsequent arrest," a press release from the LCSO said.
HCSO Deputies said Baskette is a McKinleyville native, and therefore they have been working with the Nevada Department of Public Safety for the past week attempting to locate 48-year-old Scott Alan Baskette, who has been wanted for three counts of first degree murder.
According to HCSO, on Oct. 10 at around 5:23 p.m. a deputy working the Willow Creek area saw the vehicle Baskette was known to be driving, and pursued him. Officials said Baskette increased his speed and turned down a dirt road that was blocked by a gate. There, HCSO said the deputy caught up to the suspect and was able to take him into custody without incident.
He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, according to HCSO.
LCSO reported that Baskette is pending extradition to Nevada.