Mad River Union
HUMBOLDT – A former McKinleyville resident was arrested last week in Willow Creek on suspicion of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her parents in Silver Springs, Nevada on Oct. 7.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy located suspect Scott Alan Baskette, 48, driving on State Route 299 in the Willow Creek area on Tuesday, Oct. 10. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy spotted Baskette driving in the opposite direction. When the deputy turned around to pursue the vehicle, Baskette sped off and turned down a dirt road that was blocked by a gate. The deputy took Baskette into custody without incident.
Deputies with the Lyon County Sheriff’ Department responded to what they thought was a medical aid call after 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 at a home in Silver Springs, Nev.
When they arrived, they found Rebecca Driver, 46, who had been shot. Her children were administering CPR, but she was already dead.
Deputies then drove to her parents’ home a few miles away to notify them of her death. When they arrived, they found the bodies of Frank Evan, 67, and his 68-year-old wife Coral. Both had been shot to death.
According to media reports, Baskette and Driver had ended their relationship four weeks before the killings.
According to Driver’s Facebook page, she once lived in Blue Lake. She worked at Mad River Community Hospital and studied at College of the Redwoods.
Baskette’s Facebook page indicates he was from Fairhaven and went to McKinleyville High School.
Baskette will be extradited from California to Nevada.