The body of a Los Osos woman was discovered in the Nevada Desert, and the Sheriff’s Department in Nye County, Nevada is now trying to put the pieces together surrounding the death.
Today, we found out more about 27-year old Margay Edwards by speaking exclusively with her former high school basketball coach.
A step inside Coach Cary Nerelli’s office at Allan Hancock College is like taking a journey through his coaching career. Pictures of his former teams adorn the wall, serving as reminders of the decades of coaching women’s basketball.
“They mean everything to me. It’s why I coach,” said Nerelli. “It’s like a second family. Every team I’ve ever coached, it’s been like a second family.”
Today he feels the grief of losing one of his own. Margay Edwards was found dead in the Nye County desert, 45 miles from Las Vegas.
Nye County Sheriff says the death is suspicious and is investigating the cause. The body was found out in the open near a dirt track. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has not been contacted regarding this case. Nye County Sheriff says Edwards had been staying in a hotel in Las Vegas, but they’re not sure if she was alone or with friends.
The Nye County Sheriff would not elaborate on questions asking if the body showed signs of foul play. The investigation is ongoing.
Coach Nerelli speaks fondly of his 26 years as Morro Bay High School’s girls basketball coach. He speaks fondly of Edwards too, who graduated from the high school in 2005.
Nerelli recalls how she decided not to play her junior year. But one day, she came to his classroom and said she wanted to give it another shot for her senior year.
“She put everything she had into it. She recommitted, earned a starting lineup spot and produced all year long and was a leader on the team,” said Nerelli. “She was just a sweet kid with a ton of potential.”
But that’s not where it ends. As with most Central Coast friendships, you’ll run into each other from time to time. Just a month ago, while eating at a local spot in San Luis Obispo, Coach Nerelli saw the smiling, familiar face of Margay Edwards.
“We had a little conversation. She was happy, gave me a big smile and a big hug. We checked in to see how each other was doing and then she was gone,” said Nerelli. “That was the last time I saw her.”