The following is a press release issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
After the arrest of Nova Deperno in Sonoma County on January 13th, 2022, detectives from Lake County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit were able to interview Deperno regarding the disappearance of Lucerne resident Ron Meluso. Deperno provided statements linking him to the disappearance and subsequent murder of Meluso.
On January 14th, 2022, Deperno assisted detectives in locating human remains in a rural area off Bartlett Springs Road in northern Lake County. The remains are strongly believed to be Ron Meluso, and detectives are in contact with Meluso’s family. Arrangements are being made to confirm positive identification.
Today, January 21st, 2022, Lake County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives officially arrested Nova Deperno for the murder of Ron Meluso. Deperno is currently being held at the Lake County Correctional Facility.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Jeff Mora at 707-262-4224 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No other information is able to be released at this time.