RENO, Nev. -- Law enforcement officials are saying little about the bizarre string of events that led to a killing spree in northern Nevada that left five people dead.

Authorities are searching for additional suspects that could be tied to the homicides they believe are connected -- four at two homes in the rural town of Fernley and a fifth near a brothel about 30 miles west.

Police arrested Jeremiah Bean, 25, of Fernley, on burglary charges and identified him as a "person of interest" in the string of homicides after he was found in possession of property stolen from one of the Fernley victims.

Investigators said Robert Pape and Dorothy Pape, both 84, were found dead early Monday in a house in Fernley, a city of 19,000. Angie Duff, 67, and another man were found dead in a home a half-block away.

The fifth victim was a man found dead in a ditch near the Interstate 80 exit for the Mustang Ranch, a brothel.

Lyon County Sheriff Allen Deil has refused to release details of the killings, citing the need to keep any other potential suspects in the dark while police investigate.

"Depending on how long these victims have been dead, that could definitely change how a suspect could answer questions during an interview if we gave out information that only the suspect would know," Deil said.

He described the attacks as "absolutely shocking to us."

"It is senseless. The people we have talked to, they don't know whether to be paranoid, scared to death, shocked, angry," Deil told reporters Tuesday at a news conference.


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Bean was arrested Monday and was being held at the Lyon County jail on $50,000 bail. He has a local arrest record and a felony conviction related to burglary and attempted grand larceny, deputies said. He has also acknowledged gang ties.

"He had some evidence that came from one of the residences where we had two victims," Deil said. "He was in one of those residences where there were two deceased individuals and had some of their property when he was arrested."

The first victims were discovered after firefighters were called to a house on fire in Fernley at about 6 a.m. Monday. About two hours later, Washoe County sheriff's deputies were called to the Mustang exit with the report of a dead man. A short time later, deputies responding to a call for a welfare check found the other two victims in a home within 100 yards of the house where the first two dead were found.

"This is the most horrific thing I've ever seen," Stacee Dickey, a neighbor of the Fernley victims, told KRNV-TV.

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Associated Press writer Michelle Rindels contributed to this report from Las Vegas.