A beloved 75 year old woman is shot and killed in front of her California home
Evening: A party is held across the street from Joan's home
A party is held by a neighbor across the street from Joan's home on the night she is believed to have been killed.
Joan is shot and killed outside her home
Police believe that Joan was killed sometime between 6:00 pm on September 21 and 9:00 am on September 22. She would be found the next day on her front enclosed patio with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
9:40am: A friend find's Joan's body
When a friend of Joan's arrives at her home to check on her, she finds Joan lying in an enclosed area close to the entrance of the home. Upon finding Joan, her friend calls the police. According to the friend, Joan was dressed "the way a lot of us look when we first get up in the morning", suggesting that she had either gotten ready for bed or had just woken up.
Friend / Acquaintance of Victim
Police arrive at Joan's home
When the police arrive on the scene, they pronounce Joan dead and begin their official investigation. Investigators believe that Joan had either let the killer into the locked gate to the enclosed patio, or the killer had a key, or that Joan had stepped outside, and had been followed back in by the killer. Police noted no signs of a break-in and nothing missing from the home.
Additionally, police find Joan's house keys near her body, outside of the home, leading investigators to believe that Joan may have known her killer. Due to this possibility, investigators look into Joan's finances, searching desperately for a motive.
Police begin conversations about introducing security cameras in the area
After Joan's murder, police reignite a discussion about adding security cameras to the area. Tiburon, which only has to entry-points to the city, would benefit greatly with added security cameras in incidents like Joan's murder and other crimes, according to police.
Search teams search for evidence around Joan's home
Several days after Joan is shot in front of her home, search teams along with trained dogs search around her home for potential evidence, as well as any entrance or exit paths near her home. Detectives continued interviewing neighbors and guests from a nearby party which was held on the night of Joan's murder.
Person of interest is ruled out
An unnamed person of interest was officially ruled out by investigators less than a month after Joan's murder. This individual was reportedly linked to a set of burglaries in Belvedere, CA because their suspect lived close in proximity to Joan. This individual was quickly ruled out because they had a solid alibi for the night of Joan's murder.
Surveillance cameras are approved by the city
The Tiburon Town Council approves the police's request for surveillance cameras to be erected in the entry and exit points of the town. These cameras are authorized to take pictures of the license plates of every car that passes through the town, with hopes of preventing or solving crimes.
A $25,000 reward is offered
Authorities announce a $25,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for Joan's death.
Overnight: Guy Fieri's lamborghini is stolen
Guy Fieri's $200,000 Lamborghini is stolen from a dealership where it is being repaired. Authorities later learn that the believed mastermind behind the heist is instead 16 year old Max Wade.
Person of Interest / Suspect
Victim of (Potentially) Related Crime
Max Wade attempts to murder two acquaintances
In a fit of jealousy, Max Wade fires several shots into Landon Wahlstrom's truck, attempting to shoot both him and his girlfriend, Eva Dedier.
Attempted Murder (Approx. Location)
Max Wade is looked into by investigators
In January of 2014, Max Wade, who had previously been charged and sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder, firing a gun into an occupied vehicle, and auto theft, is announced as a potential suspect or person of interest in Joan's murder. Wade allegedly made 54 internet searches for Joan's murder, as well as hundreds for the crimes he is known to have committed.
The FBI releases a ViCAP alert
In January of 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases a Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) alert for Joan's case.
Max Wade's prison sentence is reduced
A Marin County Judge reduces Max Wade's prison sentence by 10 years, making him eligible for parole in 2025. This reduction in Wade's prison sentence is due to a petition made by his attorney to reconsider the sentence under Senate Bill 620, which gives a judge the ability to use their discretion when altering prison time for gun offenses.
Joan was shot and killed outside of her home in her enclosed porch area.