$10,000 offered for key information to solve Danville woman's murder

Family of Emily Courchesne putting up reward to assist in county investigation

The family of a Danville woman killed last October is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in her murder case.

Emily Courchesne, 37, had been housesitting at a farm residence in unincorporated Contra Costa County near Byron during the first week of October, said Jimmy Lee, director of public affairs for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

On the morning of Friday, Oct. 6, a little after 10 a.m., deputies were dispatched to that residence located on the 24000 block of Marsh Creek Road, Lee said.

They found Courchesne dead from a gunshot wound, according to sheriff's officials. Detectives later determined that it was a homicide, and they believe that she was killed that week sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday early morning.

Earlier that same week, deputies had arrested two suspects in the death of a San Francisco woman whose body had been found in August on a road in Byron.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the investigation division at 313-2600 or call the anonymous tip lines at either 313-1166 or (866)846-3592.

Tips can also be emailed to

Information from Bay City News Service was used in this article.


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