White Pine County Sheriff’s Department
On Nov. 7, 2012 at approximately 8:17 p.m. The White Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a body that was laying in the roadway on US 93 near the VFW Hall. When deputies arrived they located a black male adult who was laying in the roadway and was deceased. The deceased was identified as Lavance A. Stewart age 26 of Ely.
During a lengthy investigation the Sheriff’s Office determined that the deceased was a passenger in a vehicle and had been forced out of the vehicle causing him injuries that led to his death. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Stuart E. Cole age 28 of Ely. A no bail arrest warrant was obtained from the Ely Justice Court charging Cole with open murder and failure to stop at a scene of an accident involving personal injury or death. On May 22, 2015 Cole was located and arrested in Mississippi. Cole refused to waive extradition, so a State of Nevada Governor’s warrant was obtained. Cole was then extradited back to Nevada and is currently in custody in the White Pine County Jail.