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,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Elko County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 21, 2024

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