Nevada Ghostbusters Couple Found Dead After Standoff | Nevada


The investigation into the death of a Nevada ghost hunter couple has determined that a male roommate of the woman was shot in the head at a Reno home several hours before police found the paranormal investigators in a barricaded apartment.

Debra and Mark Constantino had appeared on the Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, including episodes filmed at the Mustang Ranch brothel near Reno. They were found dead Tuesday at their adult daughter’s apartment across town in Sparks, after a two-hour standoff that ended when a Swat team burst through the door to find their body.

About seven hours earlier, Debra Constantino’s roommate James Anderson was found dead in his Reno home, Sparks Police Lt. Rocky Triplett said. It was then that police determined that Debra Constantino was missing and that she and her husband had a history of domestic violence and were in the process of divorcing.

Officers encountered gunfire when they arrived at the apartment near Sparks High School around 11 a.m., but did not return fire, Triplett said.

Negotiators contacted Mark Constantino almost immediately and last spoke to him around 1:15 p.m., he said. Shortly after, they heard a single gunshot and the Swat team rushed in.

The manner of death has not yet been determined pending completion of autopsies, Triplett said on Friday.

Washoe District Court records show Debra Constantino was granted a restraining order which was served on her ex-husband last week, and the two were due to appear in court in December regarding their pending divorce. People who knew them gave mixed accounts of their relationship.

Janice Oberding said she befriended the Constantinos while teaching a class on ghost hunting and spirituality at Truckee Meadows Community College in 2012. She said she was shocked to learn the murders.

“We separated and our friendship ended,” Oberding told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “But I know at some point she loved him very, very much and he loved her.”

Rebecca Evans, 72, of Reno, said she worked as a life coach and spiritual guide to Debra Constantino for three years. She said she didn’t believe they had any domestic issues at first, but then the issues progressed.


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