A Death on Canyon Road
The delight and irrepressible good humor the child in Joseph
Tarricone represented made up for the spasmodic absence of
provision, the occasional failing.
In 1976 Renee Curtiss met a man thirty years her senior, a charismatic
local businessman named Joseph Tarricone. She would have an
ongoing relationship with Joseph that would entail both
business and romance. It would begin and flourish in one
state and end tragically in another.
Human Remains Found
Marilyn Carlson lived in the house on Canyon Road from her birth until she married twenty-two years later. She would always have treasured family memories of birthday parties, Christmas celebrations; countless events within the walls of the large two-story yellow home.
The home would pale in comparison to the mansion like homes of upper scale residential areas of today. But, for its time, the Canyon Road house was an impressive neighborhood presence. A basement could be entered through a door on the outside or through an alternate entrance inside. Just off the kitchen, stairs led down to a lower level and a concrete floor. At the bottom of the stairs, to the left, there was a washer and drtyer. A floor level drain took care of any overflow of water. Just above the drain was a large sink.
Only two families occupied the residence between 1974 and June of 1978 when Geraldine Hesse came calling in her quest for a home for herself, her daughter Renee, and granddaughter Nicolle. They lived in the Canyon Road home for a little less than a year. Through the years, following Geraldine Hesse and Renee Curtiss, numerous other families, some with children, lived there over the next three decades.
Marilyn Miller and her brother, Owen Carlson, continued to own and rent the property through the next three decades. By 2008 much of the area surrounding the house had become commercially valuable. The brother and sister decided to raze the Canyon Road home and, with the cleared property and adjacent land they owned, construct a small office building on the site. Sunrise excavating, owned by a young man named Travis Haney, was given a contract to excavate the cleared land. A day or so into the excavation process, as the dirt was being turned over, human remains were discovered.