Charles Gary Sullivan

Charles Gary Sullivan

A man who reportedly had ties to La Paz County has entered a plea of not guilty on charges stemming from a 1979 murder near Reno, Nev.

Charles Gary Sullivan, 73, was arraigned Nov. 19 in Reno, Nev. He entered a plea of not guilty in the February 1979 death of 21-year-old Julia Woodward. She went missing soon after she moved from the San Francisco area to Reno. Her body was found in March 1979 near Lemmon Valley. Published reports say she was restrained with zip ties and died of blunt force trauma.

Sullivan entered his plea before Judge Connie Stenheimer of the Washoe County District Court.

Nevada, California and Arizona authorities are investigating whether Sullivan can be tied to any other unsolved murders or crimes. There is speculation that he is a “serial killer.”

According to published reports, police said advances in DNA technology allowed for new testing on items gathered at the crime scene. This testing pointed investigators to Sullivan.

A La Paz County publication said Sullivan had used a Quartzsite post office box, and had been lived in Rainbow Acres for a time. He spent the last few years with his wife near Payson, Ariz.

Sullivan was arrested in Yavapai County in August. He was extradited to Nevada on Nov. 15.

Authorities are looking into the possibility Sullivan may have been involved in other murders. They are especially looking into the murder of 17-year-old Jeannie Smith. Her remains were found in November 1979 barely a mile from where Woodward’s remains were found several months earlier. Like Woodward, she died of blunt force trauma.

Smith was last seen alive more than a year earlier on Oct. 28, 1978 at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno. She had been reported missing to the Reno Police.

Sullivan is being held without bond.


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