Undersheriff John J. Ellis

Undersheriff John J. Ellis

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 1874

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John J. Ellis

Undersheriff John Ellis succumbed to the cold while returning to Elko after collecting court fees. A massive search was launched after he failed to return.

His body was not found until two months later when several hunters discovered his snow shoes and a campsite. His body was located approximately 400 yards from the campsite. The fees he had collected were located with his body along with his record book detailing the fees.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Hypothermia

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Undersheriff Ellis
Thanks for your sacrifice and dedication to duty. Elko County is one of the most beautiful counties in Nevada. In the winter Elko County can be treacherous. With that said, thanks for fulfilling your duties with honor and courage, despite the danger. As a longtime Nevada peace officer, and on behalf of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nv.). I thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret.)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

March 21, 2023

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