A California man who disappeared while on a trip to Nevada was supposed to meet a couple who last week were found murdered next to a highway, his family says.
Missing-persons notice from the website of the California attorney general.
Jered Stefansky, 26, of Redding, was last in contact with his family on June 19. He told them he was driving to Carson City for what police described as “a business transaction,” according to a missing-persons notice.
On Friday, Nov. 13, a family member told Redding TV station KRCR that the transaction was part of a $400,000 marijuana deal and that Stefansky’s contact was William Adrian Larsen, with whom he had conducted business before.
William Larsen, 35, of Burbank, and his wife, Yesenia Larsen, 30, were found dead on Nov. 9 by a snowplow driver on Highway 395 in California’s Mono County. Their bodies were left on the roadside 70 miles south of Carson City.
Stefansky’s mother, Sheila Sharpe, told a crime blogger that her son was supposed to pick up cash in Nevada, then return to Redding and buy marijuana that would be sent to Pennsylvania, said the Record-Courier newspaper in Gardnerville, Nev.
Larsen reportedly had told investigators into Stefansky’s disappearance that the meeting between the two men did not happen.
In 2018, the Larsens were arrested in Pennsylvania for alleged possession of cannabis products with intent to deliver them. William Larsen pleaded guilty and served six months under electronic custody. Yesenia Larsen — then known as Yesenia Arriaga — completed a diversion program.
The relative who spoke to KRCR said it is the family’s hope that the Highway 395 discovery will prompt further investigation into Stefansky’s disappearance. The family has offered a $25,000 reward for information.